Saturday, 24 May 2014

Track Of The Day: Cherry Ghost - 'Clear Skies Ever Closer'

I can't remember the last time that so many great albums have been released at the same time. As well as new offerings from Plaid, Lay Llamas and Coldplay, this past week has also seen the launch of Cherry Ghost's third album 'Herd Runners'. Elegant sighs of strings, tenderly rich vocals and beaming rays of hope shine from the gorgeous opener 'Clear Skies Ever Closer', a definite highlight of what is their most romantic and introspective record yet. According to the people at Heavenly Recordings, "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." Frontman and songwriter Simon Aldred says: “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 (a man who seems to get the best out of everyone he works with), 'Herd Runners' is described by the press release as "ten perfectly crafted tales of heartbreak and hope." It sure is lovely.

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