RAYE Shares Complex, Multi-Faceted Statement ‘Genesis’

A deeply personal, highly complex epic...

RAYE returns with lengthy, multi-faceted statement ‘Genesis’.

The singer’s upward trajectory has been a joy to behold. Battling for her independence – and winning – RAYE cracked the charts with her much-anticipated debut album ‘My 21st Century Blues’.

A record-breaking BRIT haul followed, before RAYE set her sights on America with some high profile TV spots and a viral Tiny Desk performance.

Hitting the studio once more, deeply ambitious new single ‘Genesis’ is the result. Essentially progressive soul, it moves from the tender spoken word intro a fantastic piece of neo-soul songwriting; RAYE then switches it up, presenting a swing era homage, before ‘Genesis’ surges to a finale.

Produced alongside revered studio figure Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins (Beyoncé, Michael Jackson, SZA), this is a boundary-stating, algorithm-shredding piece of music.

RAYE says: 

There is a Nina Simone quote, ‘It is an artist’s duty to reflect the times’. This quote is everything to me and I believe the best way I can try to do this is through my art and my music. There is so much darkness and pain in this world we live in, and I wanted to create something both as deeply personal and as raw as I could find myself to be about my own mind and the world I see around me.

The song is a seven-minute piece that I have crafted and scrutinized over the last year and a half, experimenting with different genres and sonic expressions, beneath all the layers and the lyrics, the underlying message is ‘Let There Be Light’. It is a prayer and a plea and a cry for help and I really hope this song will be able to bring some hope, the way this music does for me, to those who need it most.

The full video is something to behold – tune in below.

Related: Shooting Her Shot – RAYE Interviewed

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