RAE MORRIS RETURNS WITH “NO WOMAN IS AN ISLAND”
February 28, 2022
Rae Morris returns with her first single since 2018, ‘No Woman Is An Island’. A perfect example of how honesty, truth and freedom lie at the core of this new songwriting phase for Rae – a celebration of self-love set to lush strings and sparse beats.
This is a rare kind of song that captures the juxtapositions and complexities of being a modern woman and a rarer one still that can occupy a space somewhere between the everywoman singer/songwriter royalty of Carole King and the complex lyrical storytelling of a Steven Sondheim showstopper; the missing link between You Make Me Feel (Like a Natural Woman) and West Side Story.
Rae writes full hearted songs brimming with love that address the complexities of modern life – new motherhood and an untangling of previous experiences in the music industry led Rae to tackle her understanding of sexism head-on in this first single. “Someone at my old label described me as “an island”, because I didn’t go to enough parties or whatever,’ she says of the song’s inspiration. “But really you only share yourself with others if you feel you’re being respected.” Running with the concept, ‘No Woman Is An Island’ asserts the fact that all women contain multitudes, from the profound (“universes and river beds”) to the trivial (“Kardashians in swimming pools.”). A modern day anthem for anyone feeling diminished.
Her songwriting is also inescapably inspired by her hometown Blackpool; from the postcard jollity of the Pleasure Beach and the nostalgic grandeur of the Tower Ballroom to the gentle ebb and flow of waves lapping on the shore which is perfectly illustrated in the video and continues across the visuals for ‘No Woman Is An Island’, the video was filmed in and around her hometown – watch HERE
In celebration of her new music, Rae played an intimate show in Laylow in London last week, where tickets sold out in minutes; Rae surprised and delighted fans by playing some new music, a tease of the unique brilliance set to unfold. She also announced a support tour with Tom Odell which is already underway and hit London’s Brixton Academy last night. See below for remaining dates.
On Tour, Now:
26/2 Liverpool, 02 Academy Liverpool
1/3 Leeds, 02 Academy Leeds
2/3 Newcastle upon Tyne, 02 City Hall
5/3 Nottingham, Rock City
6/3 Cambridge, Corn Exchange
8/3 Birmingham, 02 Academy