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Raye Drops ‘Genesis’ SIngle: Look + Listen

In a statement about her new single ‘Genesis.’ Raye admits that it’s “as raw as I could find myself to be.”

In her own words, the singer (born Rachel Agatha Keen) said the “deeply personal” seven-minute-long song describes “a prayer and a plea and a cry for help” in troubled times.

“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 scrutinised 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,” added Raye.

In her first release since her breakthrough album, ‘My 21st Century Blues,’ the now 26-year old chanteuse sings:

“They say the twenties are the best years of your life.

But I seem to be spending mine missing sunsets.

‘Cause I’m busy on my phone observing everyone else.

How I compare and obsess

Just me, my phone, and these walls.”

Some of the self-deprecating lyrics include: “And I’ve been sober for some months

But I can feel the demons waiting on my downfall.

Since I’m so ugly and irrelevant.”

‘Genesis’ is Raye’s first release

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Author: Al Denté

Photo: Drew de F Fawkes