Album Review: Rae Morris – Unguarded

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Unguarded is the debut record from bright-eyed singer songwriter Rae Morris. Having had an amazing few years playing an increasing amount of headline shows, and supporting acts such as Tom Odell, Lianne La Havas, George Ezra (who we saw support her several moons ago!), and featuring on Bombay Bicycle Club’s glorious So Long, See Tomorrow – Rae Morris starts the year off rightly with a record that showcases new ground whilst sill being rooted in the delightful melodies that initially caught our attention many years ago.

On this record, we’re presented with an impressive compilation, in which love songs run parallel with exultations and songs of self reflections. The current single of the album Under The Shadows has received great response since its release and stands as one of Morris’ catchiest singles to date. Filled with moments of elation, it sets the tone for the rest of the record as confident advancement on Morris’ sound.

Partly produced by Fryars, Unguarded flirts with electronic impulse not too dissimilar from the recent work of Bombay Bicycle Club – who are avid supporters of Morris and her music. It is this constant play with production and interplay between genres that gives songs such as Morne Fortune a remarkably haunting feel. However, for those of you feeling slightly apprehensive about this new direction, Don’t Go is a highlight that shows how Unguarded strongly retain some of Rae Morris’ subdued pieces.

This record is a distinct indicator of Rae Morris’ growth as an artist since the official release of her first single in 2012. As a debut record Unguarded is set to make 2015 a successful year for Rae Morris – it’s bold yet rightly leaves room for growth and progression as an artist.

Simi Abidakun