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– WAV – 1.67 GB, .zip Folder
– Apple Lossless M4A – 1.19 GB, .zip folder

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– 320kps Mp3 – 255 MB, .zip folder

New! Running River Sweater & Tank Tops

John Butler Aims To Heal With Ambient Album Running River

After Butler’s release of his seventh studio album HOME and the subsequent global touring, tumultuous times lay ahead. Not only had the world been through it with Covid-19 and the Russian invasion of Ukraine, but his own world was turned upside down with the loss of his father, the disbanding of the Trio, the continuation of personal anxiety and weariness from years of being on the road away from family.

The recording of his next studio album proved difficult, with Butler fighting to produce and engineer the album himself, diving deeper into a world that was technologically challenging and not proving productive. The harder he tried, the further he pushed, the more lost he became.

In the crash of things falling apart, came true surrender. That was the beginning of everything making sense, and the birth of his new phase of music – The Four Seasons. These ‘seasons’, each earmarked by an album, represent four different but connected musical journeys.

The first, Running River, is an ambient journey of relaxation and meditation. The second season will be an instrumental offering that harks back to John’s days busking on the streets of Fremantle, the third is a solo song-driven studio recording. The fourth and closing season will be a return to working with a band.

Running River, out May 24, is a whole different side to Butler – a journey of healing. Fans of his classic and ever-evolving masterpiece “Ocean” will already know the power and emotion of Butler’s instrumentals and Running River takes this to another level. The artist shares that it’s the makings of an anxious and disjointed society that inspired the record, saying,

“I feel that life in an age of post-truth, social media and relentless data inundation, environmental, social and political strain, and – if I was not too bold to say global society collectively, at least in the west – is a bit shattered in the nervous system department.”

In reference to this newly minimalist style, Butler says,

“I’m always taken by how music by itself can make you feel and go to places that you can’t get to through intellect. I love when the lyrics of a song pass the baton onto the music to say everything the lyrics couldn’t.”

Running River is a soundtrack and prayer for a more peaceful 2024 and the perfect accompaniment for personal journeys. Whether it’s meditating, yoga, massage and remedial healing work or simply creating an environment for mindfulness in everyday life- travelling to work, putting the kids to bed or on a long drive, the album is a personal journey that will mean something different to every listener.

As The Crow Flies - Official Visualiser

Running River was released in full on May 24,
globally through Jarrah Records and MGM.

Surrender (10:46)
2. Clouds and Chimes (11:33)
3. Moonrise (11:21)
4. Wandering Creek (14:00)

5. As The Crow Flies (10:08)

1. Pray For My People (10:24)
2. Breathing Cedar (8:27)
3. Drifting (10:35)
4. Timelapse (9:12)
5. Watturu Chants (10:07)

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