Since 2010 with the release of Mine Canary, the debut EP from Ivan Moult, I have been waxing lyrical about the genius that is Ivan Moult. I have used many a bold statement to describe Ivan such as greatest singer song writer of our time, a statement that I don’t use lightly. Ivan has always given us heartfelt, honest music that instantly transports you to a place of beauty and tranquillity. He has already given us two albums, Second Guessing and Longest Shadow, both of which should already have pride of place in your music collection. As we find ourselves transitioning from Spring to Summer it is the perfect time to celebrate the third album from Ivan, Songs from Severn Grove is an album that you will without a doubt be love at first listen.
The album opens with Supermoonlight, a delicate, tender song that will instantly strike a chord with the listener. The soothing guitar playing, the vocals that sit perfectly in the mix the wonderful sounds all combining with each other that allow us to completely loose ourselves within the soul of this song. Heard It all Before has a very relaxing vibe to it. It is worth mentioning at this point that Ivan played everything on this record himself, mixed it and recorded it in his home studio. I especially love the drums on this song. They have such a poignant sound to them and provides the glue that sticks everything together. If ever you have been up late at night on your own, trying to focus on what needs to be done, not being able to sleep and feel separate from the rest of the world Magic In Your Eyes is a song that manages to capture all of that and more.
Just Like You is the perfect song for the times we are living in. It is easy to look at the world and read about or listen to all the things that divide us yet really we all still have so much in common. We all have the same thoughts, feelings and emotions and we need to pay more attention to what we have in common rather than what divides us “When we feel apart in the things we do / Despite your beliefs and your unspoken truths / I feel I’m just like you / I know that we are two.”
Written On The Wall gives us yet further evidence as to why Ivan Moult is one of modern days great singer songwriters. The rhythms, and progressions in this song are majestic. The greatest songs are always those that write about personal experiences, those feelings we have in life and trying to deal what life throws at us. Trying to be strong for those around us and doing all we can to keep things together. Home and Dry tackles all of that and in so doing will be a song that resonates with so many.“I didn’t know if it would be ok / so I promised you everything would be fine / I couldn’t say for certain anyway / I kept it to myself at the time”.
Tell Me When combines some incredible guitar playing with haunting, atmospheric vocals that will be sure to strike a chord with everyone. This is a song that will get under your skin, whether you realise it or not your foot will be tapping along whilst listening to Tell Me When. Right Now is a song full of optimism and hope for better days ahead, this is a lovely, sweet uplifting song that will make the world a better place.
By this point in the album, you my have thought things could not get any better, well you would be wrong. The album closes with Out of Time which is a masterpiece of song writing and recording. We have all had moments where we have thought about time, considered our place in the world, the difference we make to the world, to people in our lives and what we do with the time that we have. Out of Time deals with those thoughts in a way that will give comfort to us all. Reminding us of the importance of living, smiling, crying and experiencing as much as we can.“I only know that we live until we die / so when you’re laughing / laugh until you cry / and if you are searching / just look into my eyes.”
Ivan Moult once again thank you for everything that you do, the music you write and record has such a positive impact on all those that listen. As with all your EPs and albums, Songs From Severn Grove is an album to love, cherish and adore for eternity.