If Tomorrow Starts Without Me by Bill Ryder-Jones

Bill Ryder-Jones is pleased to share new song “If Tomorrow Starts Without Me,” the second single from his forthcoming fifth album Iechyd Da due January 12, 2024 via Domino Records (Arctic Monkeys). The animated video directed by James Slater is a powerful and emotional watch about those left behind.

“If Tomorrow Starts Without Me” showcases Ryder-Jones’ ability to turn a simple turn of phrase into something loaded with pathos and profundity. The simplistic yet moving phrase of ‘If Tomorrow Starts Without Me’ is something that’s been rattling around in Ryder Jones’ head for decades waiting for the right moment to be released. “It contains probably the oldest lyric I’ve ever written,” he says. “Which comes from when I was about 15 watching Eurotrash. There was a Thai sex-worker reading from a diary and she just read the words: “What if tomorrow starts without me?” I just loved it. It’s always stuck with me.” Contemplating what the next day may be like if he were no longer here to experience it, Ryder-Jones delivers heartbreaking line after heartbreaking line. “As I’m fading into blue, let’s just hope that somehow I’m with you” he sings over music that radiates a buoyancy and gentle breeziness that plucks hope from torment.

Iechyd Da is a record that is rooted in love, loss, pain, heartache and often a deep darkness, but also one that frequently ends up in places of profound beauty, hope and joy. “I love this album,” says Bill, “I haven’t been this proud of a record since A Bad Wind Blows in My Heart.”

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