Cherry Ghost - Herd Runners

Herd Runners

Cherry Ghost

Available Formats No. of Tracks   Price Buy
12" Vinyl Album 10 tracks £18.99
CD Album 10 tracks £11.99
Download Album (wav) 10 tracks £5.99
Download Album (mp3) 10 tracks £4.99
Download individual tracks   from £0.79

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Cherry Ghost - Herd Runners

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'Herd Runners' is the third album from the Ivor Novello award winning Cherry Ghost. Listen to the preview track 'The World Could Turn' below:

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For the last couple of years, Simon Aldred has been in a state of wilful musical schizophrenia. Since 2007, Bolton-born Aldred has - to all intents - been Cherry Ghost, a band known for perfecting a kind of widescreen North Western country soul. Yet the third Cherry Ghost album Herd Runners arrives after an extensive period in which Aldred’s own music been pulled in multiple different directions.

Firstly, as a songwriter-for-hire, Aldred has helped nurture the best of nascent British talent (including hugely tipped artists like Sam Smith and Kwabs). Latterly, he produced a set of critically lauded post-midnight electronic love songs under the Out Cold guise. Somewhere in the middle, there’s the small matter of the phoenix-like rebirth of Aldred’s Ivor Novello winning 2007 single People Help The People as it went on to chart highly in fourteen different countries in 2010 when it was covered by the teenage singer Birdy.

Far from muddying the musical waters, each of these diversions has only helped sharpen Aldred’s songwriting, providing a major spur for the finest Cherry Ghost album to date. “Exploring different styles has helped my own songs,” says Aldred, “Musicians need to stretch themselves and keep on learning.”

It was that exploration that has helped bring Herd Runners to life. Shifting from soaring, symphonic pop (Clear Skies Ever Closer) to melancholic lock-in blues (Drinking for Two) via an almost uncompromisingly hopeful rhythmic shuffle (The World Could Turn [In A Heartbeat]), Herd Runners is a sublime collection, a reminder of Aldred’s singular skill as a composer; a skill that can twist bitter loss into teary optimism (and back) in less time than it takes to toss a coin. Click HERE to listen to 'The World Could Turn'.

Lyrically, the album paints Edward Hopper-esque observations of the lives of others. Where previous records would have focused on the gloomy edges of the picture, Herd Runners takes something of a longer view. “These songs aren’t as dark as those on previous records. This time round I thought it was important to keep a real empathy for the people I’m writing about.”

Recorded in Sheffield with long-term Richard Hawley collaborator Colin Elliot and mixed in Bath with Dan Austin, Herd Runners is ten perfectly crafted tales of heartbreak and hope. That musical schizophrenia is clearly working wonders for Simon Aldred. Long may it continue.

Reviews

"Aldred shares Richard Hawley's producer Richard Colin Elliot, but also his warm-hearted authority, and it's a similar hard-won wisdom that makes 'Herd Runners' so moving"
NME Magazine, 8/10

“Upping his game substantially with this third album, Herd Runners is a towering accomplishment… This is masterful, empathic stuff, brimful of poignant insights and unforgettable melodies.”
MOJO ★★★★

“Aldred's gift is that he doesn't just write a great song, he writes a sumptuous one... Herd Runners is ambitious and emotionally enthralling throughout, and Cherry Ghost's best record to date.”
Q Magazine ★★★★

“Simon Aldred specialises in Big Songs. Mining a rich seam of post- Jimmy Webb, country-tinged pop-rock, often combining the best elements of Richard Hawley and Ian McCulloch. The likes of 'Clear Skies Ever Closer' and the title track and lovely enough to melt the hardest indie heart.”
7/10 from Uncut Magazine

Tracklisting

12" Vinyl Album (HVNLP103)
  1. Cherry Ghost - Clear Skies Ever Closer
  2. Cherry Ghost - Don't Leave Me Here Alone
  3. Cherry Ghost - Fragile Reign
  4. Cherry Ghost - Sacramento
  5. Cherry Ghost - The World Could Turn
  6. Cherry Ghost - Drinking for Two
  7. Cherry Ghost - Herd Runners
  8. Cherry Ghost - My Lover Lies Under
  9. Cherry Ghost - Love Will Follow You
  10. Cherry Ghost - Joanne
CD Album (HVNLP103CD)
  1. Cherry Ghost - Clear Skies Ever Closer
  2. Cherry Ghost - Don't Leave Me Here Alone
  3. Cherry Ghost - Fragile Reign
  4. Cherry Ghost - Sacramento
  5. Cherry Ghost - The World Could Turn
  6. Cherry Ghost - Drinking for Two
  7. Cherry Ghost - Herd Runners
  8. Cherry Ghost - My Lover Lies Under
  9. Cherry Ghost - Love Will Follow You
  10. Cherry Ghost - Joanne
Download Album (HVNLP103DIG)
  1. Cherry Ghost - Clear Skies Ever Closer
  2. Cherry Ghost - Don't Leave Me Here Alone
  3. Cherry Ghost - Fragile Reign
  4. Cherry Ghost - Sacramento
  5. Cherry Ghost - The World Could Turn
  6. Cherry Ghost - Drinking for Two
  7. Cherry Ghost - Herd Runners
  8. Cherry Ghost - My Lover Lies Under
  9. Cherry Ghost - Love Will Follow You
  10. Cherry Ghost - Joanne

mp3 downloads

Downloads

Track Number Track NameTrack Length Price Buy
1 Clear Skies Ever Closer £0.79
2 Don't Leave Me Here Alone £0.79
3 Fragile Reign £0.79
4 Sacramento £0.79
5 The World Could Turn £0.79
6 Drinking for Two £0.79
7 Herd Runners £0.79
8 My Lover Lies Under £0.79
9 Love Will Follow You £0.79
10 Joanne £0.79
Entire MP3 Download Album (10 tracks) £4.99
MP3 format technical details
These mp3 tracks have been encoded with LAME using the '--preset extreme' VBR setting, providing you with a very rich listening experience. No DRM or copy protection is built in to the mp3s.

wav downloads

Downloads

Track Number Track NameTrack Length Price Buy
1 Clear Skies Ever Closer £0.79
2 Don't Leave Me Here Alone £0.79
3 Fragile Reign £0.79
4 Sacramento £0.79
5 The World Could Turn £0.79
6 Drinking for Two £0.79
7 Herd Runners £0.79
8 My Lover Lies Under £0.79
9 Love Will Follow You £0.79
10 Joanne £0.79
Entire WAV Download Album (10 tracks) £5.99