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PREMIERE: Backed by 25 years of experience, Good Help’s shining debut album is anything but bare

An artist with significant longevity and no shortage of experience, August Churchill aka Good Help has released his first studio album, and not a moment too soon. It’s a record of interchanging tones with fresh guitar lines and a synth infused backdrop.

Good Help is an artist of clear lyrical intent and engaging relatable narrative. With a story behind him worth sharing, this album feels as much of a purposeful release as it does a cathartic letter to the self.

Over 25 years in the making, the debut record from Good Help speaks to experiences of isolation, romantic loss and triumph.

The San Francisco native spent the 80s and 90s carving a name for himself in the industry. With an extensive catalogue, it would be an understatement to say that August Churchill is a fresh face to the San Fran community.

Save for a brief hiatus to address some mental health issues, music seemed to be the only path.

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Personal and reflective, this self-titled LP is teetering on the edge of being a greatest hits record, filled with tracks from as early as 1994. The album is gorgeously nostalgic and filled with narrative and sonic clarity.

Standouts include lead single Allnighter, whose swaying acoustic pop sways gently in and out in time with the spacey infliction that features throughout Good Help. El Nino is pop rock brilliance, bright and really well produced, while Two Drinks calls on a light blues touch to it, moody and drawling.

The whole record seems to be a timeline featuring the highs and lows for Good Help across his career. Touching on a huge number of influences and sonic variations, the debut record from this already well-loved performer is a testament to his vision and capability as a songwriter and recording artist.

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June 22, 2017

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