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LP released: May 31, 2024

Tracklisting:
Side A
1. Camber Sands
2. Deep Emotions
3. Living The Dream
4. Preaching To The Choir
5. Pretty D
Side B
1. The Forty Foot
2. London Snow
3. Clean
4. The Wind
BERNARD BUTLER
GOOD GRIEF (VINYL)
Label: 355 RECORDINGS
Cat No: 355REC1LP
Barcode: 5053760114475
Packaging: LP (100g)

‘Good Grief’ is the first new solo album in 25 years from songwriter and producer Bernard Butler. Between then and
now, Butler had ventured into the world of pop songwriting and producing, including two seminal albums with folk musician Sam Lee,
a Mercury nominated project with actor Jessie Buckley as well as working with Bert Jansch and Ben Watt From Everything But The
Girl, The Libertines, Tricky and an eight-million selling, Grammy-winning record with Duffy.
Of returning to solo work after two and a half decades, Butler says ‘For a good while I was scarred and I was scared. I was happily
distracted and joyously involved with so much music. I realised just being there was more than I had ever hoped for. I gave a lot to
other people, but realised that my story was defined but what I was, rather than what I am. I set myself a modest commercial goal,
an expectant creative one: perform to 10 people without being bottled, then find 11 the next night. Thus began the undoing of my
own embarrassment. I would write as I thought and sing as I wrote until the bottles fly. And so, the songs arrived.’
Bernard booked himself into a rehearsal space in Holloway every Wednesday afternoon for months, just him, a guitar and a
microphone. The first fruit of these sessions is the new single ‘Camber Sands’, 'For years and years I have drawn straight lines from
North London to every coastline I could see. To life-worn Londoners escape is the dream and return most likely. The story I found
was not the sea but the journey. Camber Sands, Mersea Island, Dunwich, or a dozen more horizons of possibility, the sea and the

seawalls, and the endless return to face the city. Camber Sands is a love song - we flee the past, the present, ourselves, to survive,
to defy. The loneliest music of the resolute, the half-light and the saddest tunes.’
Round circle shows with friends Norman Blake and James Grant across Scotland gave Butler the taste for venturing back out on
stage, and while writing with Jessie Buckley for the Mercury Prize nominated For All Our Days That Tear the Heart album, Bernard
tucked away his own discoveries and continued the journey once Buckley returned to the silver screen. Confronting his own
songwriting process, he wrote words down, away from the security of his guitar, before carving music around the lines.
‘Good Grief’ finds Bernard Butler owning three decades of work, free to perform, bookended by wildly contrasting experiences of loss,
joy, and bewilderment. The album is a journey from city to coast and back, and between it, an entire spectrum of human emotion.

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