It’s been six long years since Corinne Bailey Rae graced us with her musical presence. Within that time we’ve witnessed the steady dominance of female artists permeate the pop cultural landscape, just within the last few months alone we’ve had Adele obliterate the charts with her smash hit album ‘25′, Rihanna made headlines recently when she surpassed MJ’s record of number one hit singles and Beyonce created a political storm with her controversial single/video Formation.
Corinne Bailey Rae has always marched to the beat of her own drum, and as we eagerly await the release of her new album The Heart Speaks in Whispers, there’s no doubt that she will be added to the canon of female artists of influence judging by the three taster singles that have been dropped over the last few weeks.While it’s doubtful that her new album will come replete with astute marketing campaign designed to #breaktheinternet, her power lies more in her quiet determination to go against the grain and be herself – musically, personally, aesthetically.
The singer’s musical blueprint has always been firmly rooted in subtle, understated, acoustic-based soul, and she continues to build upon this sound with her new record while interjecting more futuristic and experimental elements. Case in point? Lead single Been To The Moon is a marked departure, its sparse sound and uptempo funk groove heavily punctuated by a dominant synth. We visit more familiar territory on the beautiful Green Aphrodisiac, a soulful ballad co-written by Paris and Amber from KING, which evokes the spirit of 70s soul with its dreamy harmonies, seductive baseline and softly uttered vocals. Third single Stop Where You Are comes with a timely message, urging us to live in the moment and appreciate what we have, the simple acoustic arrangement driving the point home even further. All three singles could stand strongly alone, which makes us super excited to hear the album in its entirety. Schedule for release on 13th May on Virgin Records, visit Corinne’s website here to pre-order.
Been To The Moon
Stop Where You Are