RAE MORRIS SHARES NEW SINGLE “GO DANCING” – OUT NOW
May 6, 2022
Rae Morris shares her new single ‘Go Dancing’ alongside a elegantly light-hearted video filmed between the Tower Ballroom in her hometown Blackpool and Rae’s super stylish home in London. Watch here.
Rae returned with her first single since 2018, ‘No Woman Is An Island’ in late February ahead of confirming details of her third album Rachel@Fairyland which is set for release on RCA Records on July 8th.
Just one of a number of songs across the album with a wildly romantic core, ‘Go Dancing’ is based around the narrative of Paul Thomas Anderson’s ‘Phantom Thread’ film – which also shot its NYE party scene in the iconic Tower Ballroom. Bringing it closer to home, the single examines the early days of Morris’s relationship with partner Fryars (featured on the single) but updates the context now that the couple have a baby daughter (AKA Mrs Dribbs, who has a starring role in the video). It depicts that classic task of navigating and respecting each others’ needs and desires whilst striking a balance between codependency and independence – all wrapped up in a fun, lighthearted ode to dancing and the freedoms it brings.
Rachel@Fairyland is both a homecoming and a rebirth; a tender and staggeringly original record about finding solace in familiarity, as much as it is a celebration of defiantly embracing the unknown. Having spent the last few years creating a cocoon for herself with both her actual and musical family – this album was written and recorded at home in North London with her partner Fryars alongside their close friend Sean O’Hagan of The High Llamas and Stereolab, whom Morris fondly refers to as “the third wheel in our relationship”. Amidst integral new found creative freedoms, the album she always wanted to make was born out of this new sonic world the three of them created, with Rae at the helm, steering the whole process with inhibition and integrity.
The record was then mixed by Shawn Everett (Kacey Musgraves, Adele, The War on Drugs, SZA) in his LA studio. Here he added the magic dust by finessing the sound through his analogue gear to accentuate the nostalgic glow of Morris and Garrett’s original recordings. “We knew we wanted the record to sound like an old film, and he was the only man for the job.”
With this trusted support network in place, Morris was free to explore her vision uninhibited, and set about blending “very textual, modern hi-fi music with strings and orchestral sounds”, while pulling inspiration from an eclectic array of source material. Alongside the music of Jon Brion, Björk, Minnie Riperton, Joanna Newsom, Morris looked to the sound-world of her hometown, 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. Cinematic and otherworldly, while remaining deeply human, it’s a truly transportive set, and one that radiates an evocative warmth.
With its vivid snapshots of internal and external worlds, and bold, risk-taking arrangements, Rachel@Fairyland is testament to Morris’ renewed confidence as a songwriter; 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. Every challenge Rae has faced in her story has ultimately helped shape her personal and creative development and it’s this very journey you can hear on Rachel@Fairyland, a truly exceptional record mingling magic and memory that speaks to the child Morris once was and the woman she’s become.
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