Rachel Sermanni has shared her new single ‘Travelled’, the moody epic at the heart of her forthcoming EP Swallow Me. She has also announced a national headline tour for this November.
Out June 02, the EP was written predominantly while the Scottish singer-songwriter was pregnant. ‘Travelled’ finds Sermanni mourning a way of life that was about to slip away and stumbling in the face of the unknown. Speaking of the track, she said: “I was staying with a beautiful family in Portland when I wrote Travelled. This is definitely a depiction of the dark night of the soul situation I was having at that moment in coming to terms with my choices.”
Sermanni has always sung of the struggle and desire to flow, to love, to live and to feel. The looming spectre of motherhood though was a test for her spirituality, which was furthered during a period spent residing in a Buddhist monastery, like never before.
Sermanni gave respect to every feeling and thought that arose during her pregnancy, riding them as if aboard a spooked horse, going whichever way they led her. “The thread that weaves most clearly throughout this collection is one of letting go. Jellyfish go where the current flows. It takes courage to be passive. If you can accept everything, you can embody the jellyfish”
By sitting with these feelings and entertaining thoughts many would shirk, Sermanni grew content with her future, happy to surrender to wherever the tides would take her. Certain that this path was her path.
Forthcoming tour dates as follows…
November 19th – London, Omeara
November 20th – Brighton, Green Door Store
November 21st – Birmingham, Actress & Bishop
November 22nd – Bristol, Crofters Rights
November 23rd – York, National Centre for Early Music
November 24th – Oxford, Jericho Tavern
November 25th – Lyme Regis, Marine Theatre
November 27th – Manchester, Gullivers
November 28th – Newcastle, Cluny 2
December 3rd – Edinburgh, Summerhall
December 4th – Aberdeen, Lemon Tree