Following the success of her 2015 debut Unguarded, Rae Morris is back with her second full-length album, Someone Out There, a record full of ambition, hooks and great songs.
Reborn is the standout moment here, with a marching electro beat punctuating the chorus as her voice glides over ascending chords, orchestral strings and a gritty, staccato synth. Physical Form is similarly euphoric, with intricately programmed beats and low drawn-out piano chords. Both songs really highlight Morris’ knack for a great melody, as well as her dynamic and emotional range.
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Dip My Toe and Atletico feel like the perfect techno-pop songs, full of bounce, energy and the kind of catchy vocals you might hear on Lorde’s Melodrama album.
Rose Garden has the same influences, with a dash of Kate Bush thrown into the mix, but the Jon Hopkins-style beats gives propulsion to the otherwise dreamy vibe.
The title track may be a little more downbeat in comparison, but the heartfelt sentiments, “Someone out there loves you/ Someone out there is lonely too” really carry the song’s message.
Someone Out There has made a near perfect pop record, and that someone is Rae Morris.
Edited by Nicole Moraleda