Cardiff-based singer-songwriter Ivan Moult has released the second single for his upcoming third album Songs From Severn Grove. “Written On The Wall” was released on May 5 across all streaming services and the full album is due out on May 26.
Starting with a strong acoustic guitar and brush drum beat that sounds like rain, Moult jumps right in asking you to “Tell me all about your love.” The song continues as a blend of indie-folk rhythms and soulful vocals to exude the balance of love, loss and hope in the lyrics.
“Lyrically [it’s] a song about having a conversation with a new partner about their previous love life/partners. Acknowledging their experience. Questioning whether or not you want to or need to know their romantic past. Trying to reassure them things would be different.”Ivan Moult
For this new album, Ivan played, recorded, engineered, and mixed all of the instruments himself at his home studio in Cardiff. The album charts a journey of growth and change, beginning with the lockdown during the 2020 pandemic and continuing through Ivan’s experiences of fatherhood and the development of his love and relationships. The music draws from influences such as J.J. Cale, Nina Simone, and Tim Buckley, creating a fusion of 1960s/70s folk and blues with a contemporary sound.
Songs From Severn Grove will be available across all streaming services May 26 through independent Welsh record label, Bubblewrap Collective.