Calum Scott tries to fix a broken heart on new single If You Ever Change Your Mind
If you listen to his new single, If You Ever Change Your Mind, then one thing becomes clear - Calum Scott has really gone through it.
The follow-up release to his recent dance-pop success Where Are You Now (which became Calum's second-ever UK Top 10 hit last week) the new track serves as a re-introduction to Calum Scott the solo artist, as he prepares to begin the journey into his upcoming, so-far untitled second album.
Produced by hitmaker Greg Kurstin (Adele, Lily Allen), the track re-tells the story of Calum trying to heal his broken heart from a previous relationship...but getting pulled back again and again.
"There was this tether," he explains to OfficialCharts.com over the phone. "You try and cut all the strings, but there's just this one...it keeps pulling you back."
"I'm taking more emotion of [stuff] that I was going through and putting it back into the music," Calum says. "I had to go through almost a grieving process with this relationship. I've tried to become even more vulnerable on this second album."
And speaking of that second album...If You Ever Change Your Mind follows up from previous singles Rise and Biblical, and it seems that Calum has been taking artistic inspiration from some of pop's biggest and best vocals.
"I want to keep it in the realm of the music I was brought up on; like Celine Dion, that's the kind of music I want to write," Calum says. "I look to Adele for that kind of inspiration too. She's growing and she's developing - she's changing some of the places she's going to.
"I think it's imperative we evolve and show that kind of growth. I'm sucker for a bloody choir - I love it!"
If You Ever Change Your Mind is out now via Capitol.