Since their last album 'Beneath This Burning Shoreline' was fantastic, it gives me great pleasure to welcome back the wonderful Cherry Ghost. That last album was released four years ago, so new material has been a long time coming. Luckily what I've heard so far is lovely, particularly this beautifully melancholic but dreamily hopeful little number. 'Herd Runners', which will be their third album, comes out on May 12 via Heavenly Recordings. "Exploring different styles has helped my own songs,” says frontman and songwriter Simon Aldred, “Musicians need to stretch themselves and keep on learning... 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 described in a press release as "ten perfectly crafted tales of heartbreak and hope." Throughout May 2014, Cherry Ghost will tour with ex-Beautiful South and Housemartins frontman Paul Heaton as he releases his fourth solo album alongside fellow Beautiful South singer Jacqui Abbott.