“I’m not just ‘the nice girl'” – Rae Morris on her bold new album ‘Someone Out There’

She sang on Bombay Bicycle Club’s last album before dropping her acclaimed debut ‘Unguarded’ in 2015. Now she’s back, bigger, and bolder. Rae Morris tells us five things we need to know about the pop explosion of her new album ‘Someone Out There’

Rae Morris has said that she hopes her acclaimed new album ‘Someone Out There‘ shows people a ‘deeper’ side to her, and brings them together in troubled times.

We spoke to the Bombay Bicycle Club collaborator to find the five things you need to know about Morris and her new record – from light through the darkness, the #MeToo movement, and how you probably have the completely wrong idea about her.

1) This is the sound of her ‘letting go’
“I let go of a few constraints – not just musically, but with my style of writing. I let go of all the barriers and introduced new sounds and new topics. I love pop music. It was always there, it just came out in these songs. They were too pop for a moment and I went a little too far in that direction. That wasn’t on purpose, it was just happening that way.”

2) It’s an album about her, and about you
“There were a lot of hangovers from the first record – like the loneliness of being on the road and trying to find people to connect with along the way, then you end up back in London and you’re not sure what to do with yourself any more. Then it moves on to the type of people you meet through music, the fans – and how they all connect with each other. It’s insular in places, but then it’s a lot wider in terms of wanting to spread the messages of my music among people.”

Rae Morris

3) The world is horrible, but there’s plenty to celebrate
“There’s a negativity that’s constantly hounding us. You can’t really stop that, no matter how political you may or may not be. That’s the point of artistry and songs. This record is a bit of a reassessment about being in an age of moving. There are moments that contemplate all that stuff, but I think it’s good to focus on the positive as well.”

4) She’s a big fan of the #MeToo movement
“I think it’s entering everyone’s consciousness. It’s everywhere, and people are actually having the conversation to talk about it. The more we talk about it, the more people can actually assess their position on things and go ‘go, oh maybe I was doing that wrong’, or ‘maybe I can improve this way’. It’s in every workplace and every industry, it’s everywhere you look. We all just need to carry on and work for something better.”

5) It’s time to stop calling her ‘nice’
“On the first record, I just read a lot about me being really nice. I suppose that’s a good thing – I’d love for people to think I’m nice. But that can be a wash over anything else deeper. I do like to believe that I have a lot of depth. It wasn’t patronising, but you just don’t want to be ‘the nice girl’. You want to be the ‘fucking cool interesting girl’. People don’t know me as I am yet, but I think we’re getting there.”

‘Someone Out There’ by Rae Morris is out now.

Rae Morris on tour

Rae Morris’ upcoming UK tour dates are below. Tickets are available here.

Thursday March 15 – NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE O2 Academy2 Newcastle
Friday March 16 – GLASGOW Art School
Saturday March 17 – MANCHESTER Gorilla
Monday March 19 – PORTSMOUTH Wedgewood Rooms
Tuesday March 20 – OXFORD O2 Academy Oxford
Wednesday March 21 – BIRMINGHAM O2 Academy Birmingham
Friday March 23 – NOTTINGHAM Rescue Rooms
Saturday March 24 – BRISTOL Marble Factory
Sunday March 25 – BRIGHTON Concorde 2
Wednesday March 28 – LONDON Heaven