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Wednesday Words – My God Betrays

Andy Wardle Photography

Today’s “Wednesday Words” is the song “My God Betrays” from the superb new album from Cherry Ghost titled “Beneath This Burning Shoreline”.

“My God Betrays” – Cherry Ghost

Beneath This Burning Shoreline is their second album released on July 5, 2010 via Heavenly Records.

The band recorded the album themselves with Dan Austin, who co-produced their debut album Thirst for Romance.

The album’s opening track, “We Sleep on Stones,” was offered as a free digital download on the band’s website in May 2010.

The album’s twelfth track, “Diamond in the Grind,” was posted on YouTube, set to a clip of Harold Lloyd’s 1924 silent film Girl Shy, in February 2010.

A music video for the album’s first single “Kissing Strangers” premiered in June 2010. Lead singer Simon Aldred describes the song as “Sinatra-esque,” adding that, “I think it’s one of the best songs I’ve ever written… it’s nice to have a single I’m really proud of.”

Beneath This Burning Shoreline was released to positive reviews, garnering 4 out of 5 star reviews from major publications such as Q, The Guardian, The Independent, and The Times.

The Guardian summarised that “Cherry Ghost are good at purveying glimpses of seedy lives… and exceptionally good arrangers of strings, guitar and thrumming synths into gorgeous symphonic pop.”

The Independent noted that, “The prevailing tone throughout is akin to that chastened postwar mood captured by Carol Reed in The Third Man; certainly, Aldred’s characters would not be out of place gazing down upon ant-people from a ferris wheel, or fleeing through sewers.

Cherry Ghost actually began in 2005, first as an alias for Simon Aldred as a solo artist, before morphing into a full band. Early sessions with Doves bassist and vocalist Jimi Goodwin and a special appearance on Later…with Jools Holland helped excel the band’s beginnings.

Cherry Ghost were one of only a handful of bands and musicians to have been invited onto Jools Holland’s programme before having released any material.

Cherry Ghost signed to Heavenly Records, and released their debut single “Mathematics” in April 2007.

The debut album, Thirst for Romance, was released in July 2007, following the release of the single “People Help the People” two weeks before, which charted on the UK Singles Chart at #27.

The album was met with generally positive reviews, and entered the UK Albums Chart at #7.

A third single, “4 AM,” was released in September 2007 and charted at #128. A live EP entitled iTunes Festival: Live in London, recorded in July 2007 at the iTunes Festival, was released digitally in November 2007.

In September 2007, Cherry Ghost were nominated for Best New Act at the 2007 Q Awards.[5] In early 2008, Cherry Ghost won an Ivor Novello Award for “People Help the People” in the category of Best Contemporary Song.[6]

To buy the music of Cherry Ghost click HERE

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July 28, 2010 - Posted by | New Music, Video |

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  1. […] To view an earlier post on Cherry Ghost click HERE […]

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