CHERRY GHOST Herd Run­ners

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC -


Those of you who reckon you’ve never heard any­thing by Si­mon Al­dred – the man be­hind Cherry Ghost – might be sur­prised to find you’re hum­ming his 2007 sin­gle, People Help the People. Well, maties, you’re hum­ming it be­cause the same song was the break­through hit for teenage singer Birdy. Not that Cherry Ghost need such ref­er­ence points – Herd Run­ners is the Bolton band’s third al­bum, and it ar­rives stuffed with evoca­tive, res­o­nant songs that the overly cyn­i­cal might de­scribe as sound­ing a lot like El­bow. Which means, in ef­fect, a fa­mil­iar north of Eng­land blend of rugged warmth, melan­choly and re­silience in mat­ters of the heart, all wrapped up in low-tempo melodies, lay­ered in­stru­men­ta­tion and of­ten glo­ri­ous string ar­range­ments. Key words: sump­tu­ous, sub­tle, am­bi­tious, ra­di­ant. cher­


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