Tag Archives: Ballad

Rae Morris – “Unguarded”

2 May

Rae Morris

Despite being around for a while and having released a number of tracks previously, the first time we heard Rae Morris’s heavenly vocals was on January’s exquisite “Skin”. Shame on us. Thankfully though, our negligence has been set right and we are now fully signed up to the Rae Morris fan club. While we wait patiently for our googly eye badges and secret code words to arrive, we have a heavenly new song to enjoy in “Unguarded”.

Taken from her forthcoming Do You Even Know? EP, “Unguarded” is a sumptuous and divine ballad. Like falling back into the most comfortable bed you’ve ever had, it’s smile making, swoon inducing and gorgeous. There’s more detail here, more depth and layered sounds. The arrangement is deft, precision plucks of strings and taps of rhythm all perfectly placed to build the melody and showcase this most gorgeous of voices.

We could listen to Rae sing for hours, her voice is so rich and smooth; we have the kind of reaction usually had by attractive women in chocolate adverts as they slip a bit of Galaxy or similar into their mouth. We’re all closed eyes and satisfied smiles as the textures melt and wash over us. One bite just isn’t enough.

The ‘Do You Even Know?’ EP will be released on 6 May and can be pre-orderedhere.

Rae Morris Tour Dates:
2 May – Liverpool Sound City, Liverpool
3 May – Live at Leeds, Leeds
5 May – The Art Bar, Oxford
7 May – Open, Norwich
8 May – The Great Escape Festival, Brighton

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Lauren Aquilina – “Forest Fires”

3 Apr

Lauren Aquilina

When receiving an email that just says ‘I’m starting Forest Fires’, we imagine most people will call the authorities and try to avert a disaster. We’re not wired that way (we’re not 100% sure if that’s a good thing or not actually) and instead we thought, ‘oooh, sounds interesting, what does this link do?’. Thankfully this was not a cry for help, or a random warning of a forthcoming act of arson, no, it was an email from an 18 year old singer songwriter from Windsor and the link was to a heavenly and heavily emotive piano ballad that hit us like a sledgehammer to the soul.

Lauren Aquilina is quite the prodigious talent, having already headlined the BBC Introducing stage at last year’s Reading festival, she has just released her third EP, Liars – which followed Fools and Sinners previously. She also has quite the voice, as she showed all the way back in 2011 with her rich and delicate cover of Oleta Adams’ ”Get Here”. Now, with “Forest Fires”, she’s released a track that will bring a tear to your eye.

Simple, elegant and so very poignant, “Forest Fires” is a tale for the silent masses that suffer day in, day out, fighting a battle with our own psyche that we can never win. For each of us who think so little of ourselves that we are convinced the world thinks even less, yet paradoxically can only ever believe that the pain or anguish of a loved one is our fault. It is for those of us who have no sense of self belief or self worth, so we just sit and watch as our world crumbles around us.

Normally at this point we would be espousing imagery and visual metaphors for the song we were writing about. We could do that here, we could say something about it being like a vast empty room, bathed in darkness and that Lauren’s voice soars and cracks in equal measure, heavy with emotion and torment like a single beam of light, broken by dust and splinters of wood in the roof, shining down on a lonely figure.

We could do this, and really we just did, but actually for once, we just want you to listen to the song. Honestly, it might not do anything for you, it might not be your thing at all and that is fine. But it hit a nerve here and as Lauren sings the faint, brittle coda of ”who would ever want to be around me?”, we could feel our heart breaking.

”Forest Fires” features on Lauren’s latest EP, ‘Liars’, which is out now and available to buy from iTunes. Lauren is also on tour in May and across the summer, all dates can be found here.

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Listen: MØ – “Never Wanna Know”

24 Sep

MO Never Wanna Know

It was just a few weeks ago that the divine Danish songstress rocked our world with the bombastic skyscraper of a track that was the Diplo featuring ”XXX 88”. Now, as she gears up for the release of her Bikini Daze EP, she has returned to soothe our bruised bodies with the gorgeous, swoonsome ballad, “Never Wanna Know”.

As the cold weather looms large on the horizon, “Never Wanna Know” is a fireside seduction. New Lovers are drinking each other in like warm red wine, clinking glasses, eyes dancing with excitement as, outside, the song observes this new passion like an October wind, unwanted, uninvited and wanting to look away but unable to withdraw from this dagger like pain.

Where before MØ conveyed confidence and aggression, attitude and vigour she now gives us vulnerability and exposure, heartache and longing. It’s a beautiful track that, dare we say it, sounds a wee bit Christmassy with all the bell sounds and even (bear with us on this) feels a little like what would happen if Lana Del Rey covered “Stay Another Day” (how amazing would that be?) but with grace and beauty instead of all the overblown, fist clenching cheesiness of the original. Perhaps.

’Bikini Daze’ is due out on 20 October via Chess Club / RCA Victor and you can pre-order it here.

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