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Rae Morris – Someone Out There Review

Rae Morris is a name that has bubbled under the surface for a while. A frankly beige debut – Unguarded – released in 2015, was met with mediocre success, with singles simmering at the C List of prime-time Radio 1, and a smattering of advert backing tracks to her name. It seems that come 2018, however, the songstress from Blackpool was bored of bubbling. New record Someone Out There is fluorescent and fiery, its cheeky and incredibly sharp. It doesn’t bubble, it explodes.

It’s an album that doesn’t sit still.

The first single, Reborn, hinted to the new experimental pop avenue right away, with a skittish hook and ethereal synths, while bold follow up Do It ditches the quietness of her first LP to form unfiltered pop perfection, with Dip My Toe following the same kind of lyrical ideas. Other singles Atletico (The Only One) and Lower the Tone are rapturous anthems as well, though the latter begins as a serene robotic croon for affection before launching into a web of synth hooks and relentless bass. The album bought us the first hearing of Rose Garden – a huge asset to the track list – combining the electronica of songs previous, as well as the balladry of her freshman album, to bring lyrics about the confusion and disorientation of panic attacks to life. As well as being an incredible song on its own, it’s meaningful, and expertly crafted.

Unguarded’s musical themes do pop up on occasion. Single Push Me To My Limit is an odd opener to the album; an gentle, airy synth-built track that gives no hints at the uproarious pop direction some of the upcoming numbers follow. The title track is largely Rae’s vocal balanced on top of piano and slow percussion, and is a softly motivational letter to the lonely. Dancing With Character is an emotional conclusion about a widower, still incorporating the mechanics of the pop-y tunes but using it subtly to make for a graceful, authentic closer. Although the more anthemic additions are definitely the best part of the album, the call backs to Rae’s original sound form a bridge between the first and second offering. It’s also nice to have some variety; the album and its songs are so unpredictable, even the calmer songs build excitement – you never know what’s coming next.

Someone Out There is a wild ride, especially considering the somewhat lacklustre debut. So please, Radio 1, put Rae on the A List.

Rae Morris – Someone Out There: 8/10

Ellie Chivers

Single Review – Rae Morris – Lower The Tone

The unpredictable, thriving chimes of Rae Morris’ new offering – Lower the Tone – may be the best single to come from sophomore album Someone Out There. It chops and changes constantly, like a maze of sizzling robotics, with Morris’ smooth yet icy vocals as your guide. Beginning with quiet vocals, the song builds into a lustful cry, punctuated by aggressive bass and enhanced by a ghostly riff. Much like with many of her tunes, the rupture of harmonies really adds to the track, making the increasingly passionate, increasingly irate cry for affection all the more substantial. The more layered, the more labyrinthine take on alt-pop longing makes this some of Rae Morris’ strongest work to date.

Eleanor Chivers

Single Review – Rae Morris – Push Me To My Limit

Following the punchy mechanics of Reborn and Atletico¸ and the pop-y energy Do It, we explore another avenue in the repertoire of Rae Morris. Push Me To My Limit takes us back to the ghostly ambience of select tracks on 2017’s Unguarded, but on an extreme level. The gorgeous, feathery tones of Morris’ vocal floats over calm waves of synth to form a simplistic but magical gem I worry will get lost amongst the louder pop ventures that make up the track list of the soon-to-be-released Someone Out There. It builds slowly but surely towards the end, with a quick bass synth line to softly erupt at the conclusion. It’s bare and vulnerable and an accolade to the sheer talent of an artist who should’ve got way more recognition when her debut was released.

Eleanor Chivers

Single Review – Rae Morris – Atletico

Following her infectiously catchy single ‘Do It’ earlier this year, Rae Morris is back with new single ‘Atletico’. Just as captivating, the track submerges you in a layer of subtle synth and Morris’s beautifully falsetto vocal from the start. Building towards a gently heady swaying chorus the track is centred around an infatuation, love at first sight style crush, with lyrics that manage to remain the right side of sugary sweet, with the help of some perfectly placed awkwardness: ‘From the back of the room you were holding my glance, I was trying to be cool, but I can’t really dance.’ The third single from upcoming album ‘Someone Out There’ due February 2nd 2018, ‘Atletico’ is sure to enchant fans.

Hayley Miller

Single Review – Rae Morris – Do It

In a bit of a change of character, Rae Morris has released Do It – an exuberant, happy-go-lucky pop piece with bold lyricism and an irresistible anthemic chours. Her 2015 debut album Unguarded explored her openness through sometimes melancholy and haunting tracks, with essence of raspy, Ellie-Goulding-esque vocals, yet Do It is spirited and free. It is more profoundly pop-electronica than a lot of her previous material, captured by a cheekiness highlighted in both the suggestive lyrics and the bounce the bass gives. It’s still typically Rae, however, in its relaxed approach – though it develops as the song goes on, the instrumentalism remains light and her beautiful vocals are forever the key feature. This is a captivating new direction in that it keeps hold of Morris’ existing fanbase by extracting the best parts of Unguarded, but has just enough of a new twist to hype up the sophomore LP, which is still shaded in speculation.

Eleanor Chivers