Cherry Ghost ‎– Herd Runners

Heavenly ‎– HVNLP103CD, [PIAS] Cooperative ‎– HVNLP103CD
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Comes in a thin gatefold card sleeve.

Recorded for 365 Artists
Studio: Yellow Arch Studio, Sheffield
Mixed for 140dB
Studio: Moles Studios, Bath
Mastered at Alchemy Mastering

Anatomical image: 'Surgical Anatomy' used with kind permission of The Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto

All songs published by Kobalt Music Group Ltd except track 8 published by Kobalt Music Group Ltd/Warner Chappell

℗&© 2014 Heavenly Recordings under exclusive license to [PIAS] Cooperative

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 5 414939 677724
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1): 00095 53509 355 01 * 53509358
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI LV26
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI 0144
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2): 00095 53509 355 01 ✳ 53509358 B
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI LV26
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI 0144

Other Versions (5 of 5) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
31-1-14 333 Cherry Ghost Herd Runners(CD, Promo) Heavenly 31-1-14 333 UK & Europe 2014 Sell This Version
HVNLP103X Cherry Ghost Herd Runners(LP, Cre) Heavenly HVNLP103X UK & Europe 2014 Sell This Version
HVNLP103 Cherry Ghost Herd Runners(LP, Album) Heavenly, [PIAS] Cooperative HVNLP103 UK & Europe 2014 Sell This Version
LOVECD340 Cherry Ghost Herd Runners(CD, Album) Love Da Records, Heavenly, [PIAS] Cooperative LOVECD340 Hong Kong 2014 Sell This Version
HVNLP103DIG Cherry Ghost Herd Runners(10xFile, MP3, Album, 320) Heavenly HVNLP103DIG UK & Europe 2014



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March 6, 2017
History will not be kind to Simon Aldred. He is fated to be remembered as that dude who belted out 'People Help The People', a surprise minor-hit that Britain fell for the way it did 'Mad World': depressing shit, shoved onto a radio of sunnier pop music vying to outshine it. You'd be excused for forgetting about Cherry Ghost on the basis of hearing 'People' fifty times: between its huge piano chords and Aldred's preacher-man vocal performance, it made for an unfortunately placed single, one that sounded like nothing else on the chart it cracked, but was just as easy to overplay. It's hard to feel the way 'People' sounds every single day.
Within Cherry Ghost's debut, Thirst For Romance, 'People' made a whole lot more sense, rendered as just one of many widescreen pop songs about lost love. But the single is still a feint; what's come to interest Aldred is moulding songs from country textures and subtle vignettes on loneliness, a style he mastered with his less intense early singles. On debuting 2010's 'Kissing Strangers', his best song to date, he said he felt he'd written something "Sinatra-esque", as if he'd captured the best of his vocal bravado – really, though, the sharp pain it's consumed by is more Vic Chesnutt than Sinatra.
"Strings, harps, no minor keys, big, romantic. Usual shit". Aldred tweeted this short summary of Herd Runners to a fan last year, and it captures his band's sound well: aspirational, schmaltzy, filled with a warehouse of violins, but usual shit it remains. What makes Aldred such a fascinating songwriter is his ability to fall back to earth, to take songs that sound huge and hopeful – and so filled with orchestration you only hear half of it – but then deal them blows. 'My Lover Lies Under' is his most panoramic song to date, lingering on scenes like they're still pictures in a movie montage. It takes place over sustained piano chords and ascendant string arrangements, and maps out lovesickness as if it's airborne, a feeling being passed through cities: "through the shadows of the old high rise / past the factory floors and severed ties". What makes 'My Lover' special is its chorus, in which Aldred severs ties with his corny influences by playing up to them: he sings "I do believe I've lost my faith in Hollywood / those dreams upon the screen ain't for the likes of us", with all the romantic hopelessness of Love Actually.
Aldred's songwriting treats love as something both impossible and necessary. Many of Herd Runners' best moments focus on waiting and wanting: Aldred sings about sitting in bars across the table from no one ('Drinking For Two'), waiting for serendipity to get a jump on loneliness ('The World Could Turn'), and seeking out love in the darkness ('Clear Skies Ever Closer'). As a result, Herd Runners is actually the least "romantic" Cherry Ghost record to date, revealing itself to be a modest collection of songs about not holding your breath for love: 'The World Could Turn', which takes on a more optimistic tack than the Aldred standard, stifles its blaring trumpets underneath Aldred's high-flying octave, making for a song that shoots for euphoria but can't reach it. Towards its outro, the song introduces a spoken word accompaniment, repeating Aldred's words verbatim until they're drained of their wishful thinking.