London-based Moir (aka Sarah Moir)is back with new single ‘You Have Soul’, following the release of ‘I Can’t Bleed’ in February. With a debut EP set to be unveiled later this year, the previous single has already garnered strong support from The 405 and Soho Radio as well as taking a spot on Spotify Finland’s New Music Friday. Embraced by the singer-songwriter’s trademark choral layers, ‘You Have Soul’ sees Moir employing some of her most stripped back production to date, letting the track’s delicate message shine through. Moir wrote the songs that make up her forthcoming EP shortly after suffering a personal trauma, only truly realising the significance of her words and melodies when they began to make sense of what happened. Celebrating the many textures of her voice by surrounding each heartfelt line with gospel-influenced harmonies, ‘You Have Soul’ is a bold statement and paints a striking picture of an artist who’s found clarity in the darkest of memories.
‘You Have Soul’ was written whilst walking to and from the nearest station during Moir’s daily commute. Using those private, reflective moments to listen to everything that had been trapped inside her head, the song came together ‘over the course of maybe about a week, finalising and revising the lyrics on my phone once I’d got to the tube.’ The new single is about ‘the strength of people’s souls holding them and lifting them above and through the pain’ when they’re at their lowest. Working with both Ewan Phillips and Stefan Antoinette on the production, ‘You have Soul’ was the first time a song had been written in full before making its way to the studio, resulting in a much sparser aesthetic true to the very first demo. The track is ultimately driven by the vulnerability of Moir’s songwriting, yet there’s great courage in her words. ‘I think your soul is the rawest and purest part of you, and who you are beneath the layers. If you stripped everything away, you’d find your soul. So this song is dedicated to that part of you and how it is what will ultimately save you.’