Campbell rises above all other references and stakes his claim to being one ofThe Herald
the country’s truly great pop songwriters
Hard To Regret is the second single from Willie Campbell’s forthcoming album: Soundtrack To The Life
We Leave Behind which will be released this summer and just in time for all the festivals still not happening
More a melancholic closing time reflection than the hedonistic hands up hoedown of its predecessor, Hard
To Regret explores our previous lives and how we think of and about them. After a year of distances it is a
charming 4 minute friendship full of reflection and hope.
Willie Campbell is a Scottish singer songwriter based on the Isle of Lewis who first came to widespread
attention in the late 1990s when co-fronting Astrid (www.astridmusic.net) who by the time they had
disbanded had racked up everything from soundtracking Jamie Oliver cookery programmes to a Simon Mayo
single of the week on Radio 1.
Along with Snow Patrol’s Gary Lightbody, Willie was then a founding member of turn of the century indie
collective The Reindeer Section which also included various members of Teenage Fanclub, Arab Strap,
Mogwai, Belle & Sebastian and many others.
More recently Willie has been releasing records as The Open Day Rotation and has 3 critically acclaimed
albums: 2008 debut Down by the Head followed by Toxic Good Toxic Bad and in 2018 New Clouds in
Motion, the latter produced by Tony Doogan (Mogwai, Belle & Sebastian).
Released on Friday 26th March is the title single from Willie’s forthcoming new album Soundtrack To The
Life We Leave Behind. It is 4 minutes of old school indie guitars and sing along choruses. Fittingly for our
lockdown lives it’s a paean of summer festival optimism and handclaps to be cheered with beer held high in
the fields we’ve yet to return to.
Campbell and MacNeil’s first single isThe Guardian
built around the former’s chiming music
box-cadence, absolutely beautiful’.
There must be something in theDrowned in Sound
Scottish air that inspires this sort of
thing. Regardless, it’s a gorgeous,