Artist: Cherry Ghost
Album: Herd Runners
Hometown: Bolton, UK
Genre: Indie Rock
This week we’re taking our Album Review past Australia’s shores and listening to the tender tunes of English five-piece Cherry Ghost with their new record Herd Runners.
Whilst the band has long associated themselves with the indie rock genre, featuring emotional content and sweet, rolling guitar lines, there’s something about this work that seems like a throw back to the country-rock sounds of Nashville. In fact, the band’s sound this time around could easily be likened to that of The Eagles with its vibrating harmonies and occasional slide guitar.
“Clear Skies Ever Closer” is a beautiful introduction to the album. Demonstrating real energy and a wonderful hopeful vibe, Simon Aldred’s vocals are really made to shine and it’s a song that will sit comfortably on repeat.
However, the feel of the album quickly becomes more restrained, leaving the band more open to explore slower melodies in tracks such as “Fragile Reign” and “Sacramento”. The mood quickly takes a melancholic turn with “Drinking For Two” and the listener is engulfed by its simple sadness.
But the energy of the first track does make a heartfelt reappearance by the end with “Love Will Follow You”, my personal favourite from this album.
Herd Runners is set for release in Australia this Friday 16 May – be sure to give it a play on Spotify or grab yourself a copy!
By Erin Rooney