‘Longest Shadow’ by Ivan Moult - spark of hope that refuses to be extinguished(April 05, 2018)
It’s entirely possible that ‘Longest Shadow’ from Ivan Moult is one of the most profoundly moving albums you will hear – dark and light in equal measure, and as honest as they come. Its catalogue of revelations of personal pain, raw confession, falling into dark places and fighting back will draw you in yet there’s there remains that eternal spark of hope that refuses to be extinguished.
The songs are delivered by an incredibly distinctive voice, with its signature vibrato, ranging over a soaring spread of musical depth and presence. Opening with the instantly appealing ‘Keep Cautious’ the emotion pours through ‘Longest Shadow’ before the troubled tones of ‘Carried Over Water’ and ‘Like Millions Before Me’. The embrace continues with the stark realisation and acceptance of ‘Easily Gone’, moves through the questions of ‘Any Other Name’ and into the frank assessment of ‘Fool On The Floor’.
To be honest, ‘Longest Shadow’ may be just too raw for some, and that’s a pity because you should listen intently and not shy away from the intimacy. This is a man haunted by memory, yet retaining the optimism to raise expectations.
Review: Charlie Elland