Blackpool’s Rae Morris evokes it all; eclectic electro soundscapes awash with darkened wintery melodies. Tracks like ‘Under the Shadows’ and ‘Closer’ demonstrate the astute line Morris continually crosses as she contemplates the next chapters of her youthful wanderings. At the crux of it Rae Morris is never far from an instantly arousing melody of pop fueled ecstasy.

Good news? She’s back on the road. Quenched Music’s Clive Hammond caught up with the 23-year-old before she takes to Southampton’s Engine Rooms on Thursday 15th October.

Have you been surprised by the reaction of the UK to your sound? It feels like you have come from out of nowhere and become part of the underground electro furniture.

I would say that I feel grateful to people for taking to my sound after it changed from being very acoustic and organic sounding in the early days to its more electronic nature now. I definitely introduced myself to the public as a singer-songwriter playing piano only and proceeded to develop before their eyes into what I would say is a much bigger, more elaborate thing. I appreciate that they stuck with me and are continuing to support the creative decisions I make.

How has this new tour differed from the one you carried out earlier this year?

This tour feels so much more important in many ways. Mostly because I have supported bands and artists playing these venues over that last couple of years. I genuinely didn’t think this first album would allow me to also play these venues. Everything is much more professional! Which is a welcome change! haha.

Do you have any fond memories from previous gigs in Southampton?

I remember playing Joiners a year ago. It was the first night to my tour and I remember feeling very excited to be kicking off the album proceedings; I guess it was the first time I was out playing everyone the songs from the record. It feels crazy to be returning a year later to close the same album.

Instinctively how easily do you find creating your own tracks? Are they collaborations or do you write alone?

A lot of the songs on my first record are very personal, solo musings that came to me very early; I was young and didn’t know anyone else to work with. These days, I do find it exhilarating to collaborate with others. Alone, I question my ability and tend to stick to what I know. With someone else beside me, I feel a need to push myself and say or do something I haven’t done before. I think changing and keeping moving forward is very important. I have always found it hard to judge the quality of what I write though. I don’t think I’ll ever listen to something I’ve written and think, yeah that’s really good.

Where does Rae Morris go from here?

Rae Morris is going to London tomorrow to play Shepherds Bush Empire which is totally surreal! And then after this tour, I’m going to spend time on writing the next record. I may go to America again at some point. It always feels like a creative place to be. And home to the Lake District to sit with the mountains and run up and down some hills.


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