Release Date: Feb 2, 2018
Record label: Atlantic
Although Rae Morris released her 2014 debut to a generally warm reception, she seemed to step back into the shadows and fall off the radar in the years that followed. Yet she returns here sounding reinvigorated, brighter, and more optimistic, without losing any of the emotional resonance or left-field influences that distinguish her from her peers. Someone Out There is comparable to Grimes' Art Angels and Lorde's Melodrama in that it's a consistently brilliant album that twists the confines of pop to give it more personality.
On 2015's 'Unguarded', Rae Morris put her name to gentle ballads and music for dinner parties. There was nothing wrong with her debut aside from its misleading title, which veiled a relatively safe first step. This makes follow-up 'Someone Out There' even more of a revelation. Without precedent, Morris is now making music that dives into the unknown, pop that snaps and crackles and isn't afraid to be strange or awkward.
As statements of intent go, titling your comeback single 'Reborn' is a pretty bold one. Said song being a technicolour, sky-reaching pop powerhouse from a formerly reserved penner of ballads, though, makes it a complete revelation. "These are new beginnings," Rae Morris sings, and the idea of her second album serving as a clean slate is unavoidable.