So last month I put together my first formal “Favorite Songs of the Month” playlist and it seems to have been well received so I figured I would do it again! My hope is this can be a nice introduction to the kind of music I’ve been enjoying recently or a consolidated place to check out new stuff. Overall September was a really great month for music, with new tracks from lots of different artists across diverse genres. Check out my sampling below and if it piques your interesting, check out the corresponding posts and the rest of the music from the month I’ve covered on the blog!
It’s such an exciting thing to see an artist come back after a successful first album and continue to exceed expectations. That’s exactly what Rae Morris is doing so far this year. A few months back she shared her first taste of new music since her debut in the form of “Reborn”, an excellent synth driven pop song that showed she was willing to push the envelope and try new things (read my post HERE). She again shows her ability to change and grow on her latest single, Do It. Experimenting with the overall vibe of the song as well as the instrumentation and production, “Do It” doesn’t sound like anything we’ve heard from her. Morris’s signature vocals still take the spotlight; there’s something about the clarity of her voice that’s truly beautiful. Along with the track, an accompanying video has been released, and it’s one of the most charming things I’ve ever seen. Make sure you check it out HERE. Listen to “Do It” below, or click the previous link if you don’t have Spotify or just want to check out the video, and be on the look out for more from Rae Morris as we continue to build to her next release!
Rae Morris is an artist I have been following passively for the last few years. At the end of 2014 she was longlisted for the BBC Sound of 2015 poll which I had just started following around that time. She stood out as one of my favorites from the list, particularly after the release of single Under The Shadows, which paired interesting, forward thinking production with powerful vocals. Unfortunately, her debut album, Unguarded, was never released on iTunes or Spotify in the US so my ability to keep tabs on her was significantly hampered. That’s partially why I’m just now covering her newest single, Reborn, even though it was released several weeks ago: I still can’t get it on iTunes and it just recently went live on Spotify. Reborn (unsurprisingly based on the title) sees Rae Morris moving in a new direction with electronic-heavy, pulsating production driving the song forward with militant sounding snare kicking in as the track progresses. Of course, Morris’s vocals rise above powerfully and are the focal point of the song. At this point it seems as though Reborn is leading in to a sophomore album, so here’s hoping for more music soon, and especially a release in the US! Check out Reborn below, or click HERE if you don’t have Spotify to see the music video.