Kip Moore’s much-awaited Wild World album is released today (29), as the MCA Nashville troubadour declares: “All I want to do is make music that reaches people in a pure sense. Something that’s light and easy to carry with you.”
After previewing the album with last summer’s ‘She’s Mine’ and the recent ‘Southpaw,’ the new focus track from the album is ‘Fire And Flame.’ It’s another in Moore’s trademark series of wide-angle anthems and is sure to confirm its place as a live staple when he resumes touring.
Moore co-wrote every one of the 13 tracks on Wild World bar one, with help on specific tracks from David Garcia, Luke Dick and Blair Daly. “Music is the one thing where I really try to unveil where I’m at mentally, where my soul is,” he explains. “As you get older, you start thinking about bigger concepts and where you fit in the grand scheme of this whole thing, and I’ve always lived my life simple.
Back to “the bare essentials”
“But the more I’ve lived, the more I understand that all this stuff we crave and seek, I see how much of life is smoke and mirrors. When I strip it down to the bare essentials, that’s when I’m the most happy.”
After debuting with the platinum-selling Up All Night in 2012, Moore followed up with two further entries into the country top three and the all-genre top ten with Wild Ones (2015) and Slowheart (2017). The new collection continues his quest for truth, both in his work and in the world around him.
“More earthy, more analog”
“I don’t think you ever find the true purpose of life,” he says, “but I’m always searching for that peace and joy of what God means to me and the whole spectrum of where my place is. I think with this record, you really get a birds eye view of that. We wanted it to be more in-your-face. More earthy, more analog.”
Among a wide range of songwriting locations and inspirations on Wild World, Moore wrote the title song while he was living rough with a group of friends in the Hawaiian jungle. “Out there…the simplicity makes me completely at peace,” Moore says. “We didn’t have ‘things’ growing up, we were never a family that had possessions. But I had this amazing backbone of character from my mom and dad, and they were always trying to explain things to me.”
Among other highlights, Moore describes ‘Payin Hard’ as “the single most personal song I’ve ever written.” He adds: “I hope this record provokes some honesty. All I want to do is make music that reaches people in a pure sense — something that’s light and easy to carry with you, but 1000 pounds of weight at the same time, and I think Wild World is just a depiction of what I see. Life is one crazy, wild ride. But it can be so simple if we look for the right things.”
Wild World can be bought here.