#Review: Rae Morris – Someone Out There


   

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Muzik Speaks Loves Atlantic Records - SmallerRae Morris is an English singer and songwriter, hailing from Blackpool, Lancashire. With an album already under her belt, she’s back with her second full-length offering, Someone Out There, released through Atlantic Records.

Rae Morris - Someone Out There

The album opens with the simplistic yet melodic, ‘Push Me To My Limit’, which feels almost like the starting narration of a musical or a soundtrack, leading up to something epic.

There isn’t a completely running theme throughout the album but each track has a way of telling it’s own little story. Some of the most stand-out tracks on the record include; ‘Atletico (The Only One)’ for its unusual and bold use of choppy vocal hooks and melodies – it’s a really stunning song, ‘Do It’ has a very atmospheric, electro-indie vibe that’s truly catchy, ‘Wait For The Rain’ has a beautiful vocal melody that I love more and more each time I hear it – it also builds up a quite dirty beat to become this massive banger and ‘Dip My Toe’ which is one of the most pop tracks on the album but it has a certain Grimes quality to it. You can’t help but love the vocal hook in the chorus and sing along to it.

It’s not a generic pop record by any means and that’s something to admire – her bravery and conviction to shape her own sound and stand out from the crowd is truly refreshing.

Throughout the album, there are strong similarities with Björk(on the track ‘Rose Garden’), Imogen Heap (on ‘Lower The Tone’) and (on ‘Reborn’) – there’s a ton of quirkiness in Rae’s vocals (she’s certainly not afraid to utilise her voice in weird and wonderful ways!) and a real boldness in the instrumentation, provided by collaborator Fryars – the clever use of subtle sounds that somehow stand out, make a real impression. There is plenty of space for the vocals to shine through in the production and vice versa.

One thing is for certain; whilst this is a major label pop artist’s release, it has a uniqueness about it and there’s a real essence that she was given license to create something that suited her style and make the record she wanted to make. It’s not a generic pop record by any means and that’s something to admire – it’d be so easy for her to pump out something to fit the mould of current trends but her bravery and conviction to shape her own sound and stand out from the crowd is truly refreshing. This is a pretty awesome album, that with each listen I’ve become more and more fond of – I think it has a lot to offer and it certainly shows that Rae Morris knows exactly the sort of artist she wants to be.

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‘Someone Out There’ is out now and can be downloaded from iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/someone-out-there/1299762265


Someone Out There on Spotify

Reborn (Official Video)

Do It (Official Video)

Atletico (The Only One) (Official Video)


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#MellowMonday: Grimes x Bleachers – Entropy

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So, this is the second post I’ve written about Grimes (previously I wrote about her track, ‘Genesis‘) but this song struck me recently when browsing new tracks on Spotify.

It’s a calming track with quite a unique, happy, easy listening vibe about it and makes for a perfect start to the week!

This song is also a collaboration with Bleachers (aka Jack Antonoff of Steel Train and Fun.) and was recorded for the HBO television show, Girls.


This song can be bought on iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/entropy/id976391124?i=976391132


Week 3: 2015 – The Playlist

Happy Sunday everyone!

Another fun-filled week of music, here at ‘Muzik Speaks’! We’re really enjoying sharing our song selections!

We still need your help though!

We still need you to keep pushing the support of our chosen daily artists and try to get them re-tweeting and sharing the links for our blog posts – your support is key to this.

How to reply to posts

In addition, we want to hear MORE from you – please click on each blog post, each day, where you will see the option to ‘reply’ to the post – please reply with your own song selections for that day; it could be in the form of a YouTube or Spotify link or just the name of the artist and song, but this is all about you! Or just reply with your thoughts about the track. Please spread the word!

This weeks playlist

Below, you can find a playlist of this week’s tracks, in case you would like to listen to them all again (some of them are unfortunately missing from Spotify, because they haven’t been released yet), in one place!

Enjoy 🙂

Who’s looking forward to next week?! Get thinking of your song choices for each day’s theme, and be ready to share!

Matt – Muzik Speaks

#WildCardWednesday: Grimes – ‘Genesis’

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Grimes is an interesting, quirky artist and, I feel, a fantastic choice for this week’s ‘Wild-Card Wednesday’ track. I recently discovered this song whilst in a shop and shazam-ed (if that’s a verb now?!) it. I really like the way she’s mixed together her haunting, child-like vocals with electronica synths and asian-style instrumentation. It makes for a really interesting, unusual and catchy track. I must say though, I looked further into her sound and this is one of her better tracks – many of her others are quite different to this and are much more experimental.

I hope you enjoy this particular song though – please share it.

What are you listening to, that’s unusual? Have you got anything like this track that I could hear? I’m interested to find more, similar music to this.

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