After the relative safety but underwhelming nature of debut album Unguarded, Rae Morris has come out swinging.
Second offering Someone Out There offers a blast of experimental synth-pop that’s rarely seen from major label artists.
It all begins with Push Me To My Limit and is possibly one of the grandest opening statements you’ll hear all year. Swirling organs that rival the atmospherics created by past indie buzz band Wu Lyf provide the perfect backing for Morris’ towering vocal range and set up the rest of the album perfectly.
Lead singles Atletico (The Only One) and Do It are straight up pop gems, with the former bubbling along with the intensity of 20 lush bath bombs being dropped into water at the same time whilst the latter’s inhibition-less message transcends into dance-able power pop.
The former Bombay Bicycle Club collaborator still manages to add a sense of vulnerability through her lyrics, particularly on glittering Physical Form and the piano led title track, which harks back to Morris’ natural talent as a traditional singer-songwriter but unfortunately feels as if it could soundtrack a sentimental Nationwide advert.
Whilst Someone Out There isn’t the perfect album by any means, it’s certainly a welcome reinvention and a significant step up for Morris, who could still be yet to reach her full potential as an artist.
You’ll struggle to find a more carefree and genuinely fun album in the coming months after what could be the first surprise of 2018.