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 this year.
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 the 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).
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Campbell was also the subject of a BBC documentary, An Estate Car and a PA, which documented his return to his native Lewis and successful writing trips to the fiercely competitive environment of Nashville, Campbell signed to Nashville based Big Loud Shirt publishing in 2010.
Willie was commissioned in 2018/2019 to write songs for the ‘Dìleab’ project which was centred on the history of emigration, war experience of island communities in the Outer Hebrides. Recent projects include a tour of Between Islands - a collaborative inter-Island songwriting collective with Kris Drever and Arthur Nicolson. Astrid reformed in 2019 and released a new record Fall Stand Dance produced by Edwyn Collins it was released through his AED label.