#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)


We hope you enjoyed our review of Rae’s second studio album. What do you have to say about it? Would you rate it the same as us? Please leave your thoughts in a comment or share your feelings with us via our socials.


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#MellowMonday: Aquilo – ‘Sorry’


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It’s a new year and we’re kicking off 2017 with this stunning track by UK duo, Aquilo.

The pair are currently gearing up for the release of their debut album, Silhouettes, on January 27th 2017 and judging by all of their releases so far, it promises to be incredible. They’ve been crafting their sound and songwriting skills for quite some time, so I’m expecting this to be a monster of an album!

What do you think of this latest track? Are you as excited for their album as we are? Leave your thoughts in a comment below or via our social media accounts.

Oh, and Happy New Year everyone! Let’s hope 2017 is an AWESOME year!

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‘Sorry’ can be downloaded off iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/sorry/id1170608494?i=1170609229


#MellowMonday: Aquilo – ‘You Won’t Know Where You Stand’


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Having recently seen Aquilo perform in Brighton recently (check out our review), I was captivated by one of their most recent singles, ‘You Won’t Know Where You Stand’.

The Lancashire duo (consisting of Ben Fletcher and Tom Higham) have been working tirelessly on writing, recording and touring, all the while, perfecting their blend of electronica and pop songwriting.

This particular track has a dreamy quality to it; perfect for a #MellowMonday song. No official video has been released yet, but as always, we’ll keep you updated.

What are your thoughts of Aquilo? What’s your favourite track by them? Please share your thoughts or own #MellowMonday choices in a comment below, or via our social media. Also, why not follow our #MellowMonday playlist – https://open.spotify.com/user/muzik5peaks/playlist/0ITJhPZVNklCiwpBetvKPG

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‘You Won’t Know Where You Stand’ can be downloaded off iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/you-wont-know-where-you-stand/id1160500619


#Two4Tunesday: Melissa Steel – ‘You Love Me?’ featuring Wretch 32 & Aquilo – ‘Good Girl’


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Melissa Steel had her first success with debut single, ‘Kisses For Breakfast’, back in 2014 but she has just released her follow-up track, ‘You Love Me?’, featuring Wretch 32. I think what sets Melissa Steel apart from so many others, is her slightly reggae edge and refreshing take on R&B/Pop music. She has an urban quality to her sound and her vocals are uniquely captivating.

The song is produced by none other than Darkchild and the cute sample vocals are very memorable – a strong follow-up single, I must say! Well done Ms. Steel!


You can download ‘You Love Me?’ from iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/you-love-me-feat.-wretch-32/id1003250154


Melissa Steel – ‘You Love Me’ featuring Wretch 32


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Aquilo are an Indie/Electro-Pop duo from Lancashire, consisting of Tom Higham and Ben Fletcher.

The pair have released 3 EPs to date, but this song (‘Good Girl’) marks their first proper single release, hinting at an album to come!

The video for the song is like an independent film and suits the song perfectly. The chorus is entrancing with its high-pitched, rapid lyrics and the electronic elements are hypnotic – I can imagine the band doing something amazing with this, when performing it live.

I am a fan of this duo and am very excited to hear what they offer us next.


‘Good Girl’ is available for download from iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/good-girl-single/id1036380514


Aquilo – ‘Good Girl’

And so ends this week’s #Two4Tunesday but would you have chosen a different set of songs? Please leave your choices in a comment below or on our Facebook/Twitter.

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