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Video of the Moment #2811: Rae Morris

 
By on Monday, 26th March 2018 at 6:00 pm
 

Singer/songwriter Rae Morris released a new album last month, when we had our blinders on preparing for SXSW 2018. Which is a shame, because from what I’ve read, and from some famous friends (!), the pop artist’s ‘Someone Out There’ is quite the collection of ‘choones. She has now unveiled the video for the album’s title track single. In an amazing show of what is possible when you ring up all your relatives, the promo for ‘Someone Out There’ stars three generations of Morris’ family, a bevy of adorable dogs that you wish you could reach into the screen and squeeze their little cheeks and even members of Lancashire Fire & Rescue Service. Why fire personnel? Morris’ own father was a firefighter, so the video stars people Morris has known since she was a child. Filmed in Blackpool where Morris spent her much of her child, the promo for ‘Someone Out There’ is like a love letter to the place where she once dreamt of being a star. Doesn’t get any better than that, does it? Watch the video below. ‘Someone Out There’ the LP is out now on Atlantic Records. For more of our past coverage on Rae Morris, come through.

 

Rae Morris / October 2015 UK Tour

 
By on Thursday, 26th February 2015 at 8:00 am
 

Hot on the heels of her sold out February tour in support of debut album ‘Unguarded’ released on Atlantic in January (read David’s review here), pop singer/songwriter Rae Morris has announced a new set of UK headline dates for this October. Ahead of the new October dates, Morris will play the Dot 2 Dot and Love Saves the Day festivals in May before spending June and July opening for Tom Odell. Morris is also on the bill for several late summer festivals; check her Web site for full details.

Below the tour date listing, stream Morris’ upcoming single ‘Love Again’. Tickets for the following shows go on sale tomorrow, Friday the 27th of February.

Thursday 1st October 2015 – Leeds Stylus
Friday 2nd October 2015 – Glasgow Oran Mor
Saturday 3rd October 2015 – Edinburgh Liquid Room
Sunday 4th October 2015 – Newcastle Academy 2
Tuesday 6th October 2015 – Cambridge Junction
Thursday 8th October 2015 – London Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Friday 9th October 2015 – Sheffield Leadmill
Saturday 10th October 2015 – Manchester Ritz
Sunday 11th October 2015 – Birmingham Institute Library
Tuesday 13th October 2015 – Brighton Concorde 2
Wednesday 14th October 2015 – Bristol Academy
Thursday 15th October 2015 – Southampton Engine Rooms

 

Album Review: Rae Morris – Unguarded

 
By on Monday, 26th January 2015 at 1:00 pm
 

Since Rae Morris signed a recording contract on her 18th birthday, she has been teasing her loyal, yet ever-growing fanbase with her music, or so it seems, with each of her six EPs offering a tiny glimpse of what to expect from her debut album. It’s almost as if Atlantic Records knew they had something special, yet didn’t want to unleash it to the world until she had matured. Now aged 21, Rae Morris has released ‘Unguarded’, and it’s clear to see why she has been hotly tipped as one of the female artists to watch in 2015.

With production of the album coming from Ariel Rechtshaid (Haim, Charli XCX), Jim Eliot (Kylie Minogue, Ellie Goulding) and Fryars (Lily Allen), ‘Unguarded’ tackles the subject of life-changing, character-building relationships and the highs and the lows that come as a result. Take ‘Skin’ for example. The album opener details the guilt of continuing a toxic love affair; a powerful introduction told through a rare integrity that emanates from the lofty chorus and sophisticated melody. Likewise, ‘Closer’, taken from the EP of the same name, focuses on Rae’s distance from her family and how that has made her more appreciative of her own identity as a result.

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Female singer/songwriters are ten a penny in the music industry at the moment. However, Rae Morris stands out in this market thanks to an elegance in her vocals and a genuine honesty in her lyrics, which complements the pop flair with an almost perfection. This is particularly evident on ‘Love Again’, a graceful track about getting back on the horse, and the up-beat electro-pop single ‘Under the Shadows’. The record also features a number of Rae Morris’ previous singles, including the incredibly moving piano-led ballad ‘Don’t Go’, the highly entrancing ‘Cold’ (ft. Fryars) and the tantalising ‘Do You Even Know?’, a track she wrote in her shed in Blackpool.

‘Unguarded’ is a coming-of-age album for Rae Morris, as she makes the leap up from a teenager writing songs in her bedroom to a contemporary pop star on the verge of unprecedented success. Was it worth the wait? Without a doubt.

9/10

The debut album from Rae Morris, ‘Unguarded’, is released today on Atlantic Records. She begins a UK tour on Sunday in Liverpool; all the details are this way.

 

Rae Morris / February 2015 UK Tour

 
By on Wednesday, 12th November 2014 at 8:00 am
 

Pop vocalist Rae Morris has announced a list of tour dates for February 2015, following the January release of her debut album ‘Unguarded’ on Atlantic Records. Below the tour date listing, you can sample the first single from the album, titled ‘Closer’. Tickets for the following shows will be available for general sale starting this Friday, the 14th of November, at 9 AM.

Previous TGTF coverage of Rae Morris can be found right here.

Sunday 1st February 2015 – Liverpool Kazimier
Tuesday 3rd February 2015 – Glasgow King Tut’s
Wednesday 4th February 2015 – Leeds Wardrobe
Thursday 5th February 2015 – Birmingham Institute Temple Room
Friday 6th February 2015 – Manchester Gorilla
Sunday 8th February 2015 – Oxford Academy 2
Tuesday 10th February 2015 – Brighton Komedia
Wednesday 11th February 2015 – Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
Thursday 12th February 2015 – London Brixton Electric
Saturday 14th February 2015 – Bristol Thekla
Sunday 15th February 2015 – Nottingham Rescue Rooms
Monday 16th February 2015 – Norwich Arts Centre

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Bushstock Festival 2012 Roundup

 
By on Thursday, 14th June 2012 at 2:00 pm
 

If you’re a music fan, there was a good chance you hit a festival on this past Jubilee weekend. There’s options ranging from Dot to Dot to Field Day and in one corner of west London, there’s Communion’s very own Bushstock. Shepherds Bush lays host to a diverse selection of acts in an even more varied selection of venues. Running is borderline mandatory.

Rae Morris opens the day’s music in an incredibly crowded Defector’s Weld pub. Coming out of an increasingly vibrant singer-songwriter scene in Blackpool (of all places!) her endearing and soulful piano music has seen her tour with Bombay Bicycle Club and even be featured on the most recent series of Skins and this afternoon she wins over any doubters. Her powerful voice over slow piano lines on tracks such as ‘Day One’ prove to be a stunning way to start the day.

Not too long after it’s over to the Shepherds Bar, where the lovely folk at Communion are handing out cupcakes to go with the day’s festivities. All this and Juan Zelada is about to take to the stage. A recent favourite of TGTF, Zelada’s friendly, sun-drenched sounds all the way from Spain make those present forget about the ominous looking clouds approaching London. Complete with live band, Juan brightens up everyone’s spirits with his energetic Nutini-esque tunes.

Following him on stage with a similar band set up, but a different way of using it is Ellen and the Escapades. It’s 21st century folk in its most summery form. Happier and fuller sounding than Marling but (thankfully) more reserved than Mumford, it dances delicately on the line of purist and folk-pop to the point that you’d enjoy it at Wimbledon. It’s not hugely exciting or day changing, but for early evening, it’s enough to keep everyone satisfied.

After a quick dash about Shepherds Bush, it’s underground into the converted public toilets of Ginglik. The room smells of incense and is lit by fairy lights. The stage is relatively bright though, as many would if they were covered in this amount of smoke and as Gabriel and the Hounds take to it, the mood changes greatly. The New Yorker’s sound is dark yet uplifting. Think the xx meeting We Are Augustines and you’ve probably not got anything like this band, but the similarities are there for the taking. Nevertheless, its’ dark down here so it’s off to church!

Tonight’s closing trio all come back to back at St. Stephen’s Church. Starting off are Newcastle’s finest in the form of Lanterns on the Lake. The setting is perfect and they do not disappoint. Playing from last year’s debut record ‘Gracious Tide, Take me Home’, they fill the room with a huge sound creating a thick atmosphere of beautiful music. It’s a standout performance of tracks with slow builds and epic climaxes that left many in the crowded church in a borderline state of comatose for the duration of the half hour set.

To follow this was difficult but the Irish spirit of Fionn Regan surely won him admiration from those present as the church descended further into a state of lucid dreams. Whilst Regan never lived up to Lanterns’ incredible sound, his three record back catalogue is enough to keep his strong and yet somehow intricate sounding tracks in check. It’s another performance that lacks the sucker punch, but given the setting, it more than fits the tone.

Closing the night are Communion and Bushstock favourites Daughter. Elena Tonra’s group is one of calm music performed in both a shy and masterful way as from the off there’s attention to detail in every chord. Whilst the equipment may decide to break at will, Daughter pull through with stories of rum nights and friendly conversation. Crowd favourites ‘Run’ and ‘Landfill’ feature early on and suit their placing as they draw a crowd who’ve opted against other choices around the festival in from the rain. The songs of heartbreak and lost days fill the old building as both crowd and band get into the flow of things and the hour long set seems to go far too quickly. As the last few powerful chords of ‘Home’ break through it’s all over and it’s been beautiful. Managing to catch a few minutes of Bastille en route to the train home; TGTF awakens from sleep and dances to ‘Flaws’ before reflecting on a day that seemed a bit like a strange dream. It wasn’t perfect, but it’ll more than do. Take that, Field Day.

 
 
 

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