Foy Vance has released two new tracks “Sapling” and “Signs Of Life”, both taken from his forthcoming fourth album Signs Of Life. The new record is Vance’s second studio album on Ed Sheeran’s Gingerbread Man Records and the follow-up to 2016’s The Wild Swan.
“Sapling” and “Signs Of Life” are two of the first tracks Vance wrote for the new album, and together they showed him the path forward. These are songs about birth and rebirth, degeneration and regeneration, life and death, which bloomed into existence while all around a global pandemic was doing the opposite.
“Sapling” begins with a gently building piano figure, like the stage curtains opening. Vance sings: “I once built a bower, I could build you a home.” It was a promise to his partner, who’d moved from London to join the Bangor native in his adopted home in the Scottish Highlands, that he’d do more than simply offer a new domestic setting.
“When I wrote Sapling I had a daughter and a son,” says Vance. “Between then and now, I proposed to my wife, married her the next day – she didn’t know anything about it, it was a secret wedding up in the woods near Kenmore. I flew her soul sister over from Australia to marry us. It was a beautiful, wild night.”
A warm, enveloping embrace of a song, “Signs of Life” was presciently written the day before Vance’s second son, Sol, was born, his name ultimately also serving as an acronym for the song and album title.
“Signs of Life is about re-emergence,” explains Vance. “Me, in my own soft revolution, the world re-emerging in what we’re about to see as we hopefully go back to some semblance of normality. But just life in general – flowers growing through the cracks in Chernobyl. Life finds a way, doesn’t it?”
More news and full details of the new album will follow soon.