EP Review... Rae Morris - From Above EP

Rae Morris is one of the North’s budding new music sensations. Recently coming off the back of supporting Lianne La Havas and previously Bombay Bicycle Club on tour, the Blackpool songstress releases her third EP – "From Above".

From Above:
The first of three songs on this EP carries Rae’s notable structure of lyrical optimism and a simple but strong piano line which does not draw attention away from her elegantly raw vocals. The to-the-bone lyricism gives this song an advantage which will attract to both young and old; this is down to her youthful purity exterior covering a darker inner sensitivity. The humbly fading drum beat and percussion towards the later stages gives the song edge and opens up many routes for further production – maybe an album?

Wait A While:
‘Wait A While’ is Rae at her best, a stimulating ballad underlining her impeccable falsetto and the grand atmospheric piano (for which until now has been seemingly difficult to transfer to record from her live show). This grander force is blended with soft moments which enhance her unmistakable voice, adding control and character to her ethereal style.

This Time:
The final piece shows signs of Joanna Newsom for which Rae has taken influence – with quicker and wider ranging scales. Here, a balance is drawn between her confessional melancholy and soaring layers, with at points there being a surge of drums and varying electronics. There is no doubt, that this song would reach out to the audience further on stage, but nonetheless it’s a top effort which emphasises Rae’s talent and writing capabilities.

At such a young age, it is an obvious conclusion that Rae Morris has a long way to go, but with now three EP’s in the bag, she has built a very strong back catalogue and has the capabilities of going far and with a sound like hers it won’t be too long before she’s found a radio spot akin to similar artist Birdy. Overall, ‘From Above’ is a grand and searching record with all the songs building up a simple but majestic sound which wouldn’t look out of place on a Feist record.

Rae Morris - From Above EP
Out of 10: 8/10

Written by – Richard Maver