EP Review: Rachel Sermanni - Everything Changes Featured

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Rachel Sermanni slipped under the radar in 2012 when her début album Under Mountains failed to give her the recognition she so truly deserves. Since then, folk has grown into a generic genre and acoustic music has been popularised to a state of stagnancy. Now, Rachel is back. And she's about to change the game completely. 'Everything Changes' is a courageous EP that cleverly combines American carnivalesque with Scottish folk-ness.    


Sermanni composed her material in the remote village of Carrbridge in the Scottish Highlands before flying to a recording studio in New York City. Long gone are the days of associating folk music with imagery of sunshine and meadows. The singer has confessed that her EP is personal. On 'Everything Changes', Rachel's soul-baring takes you on a journey through darkness and light. Vulnerable words start to sadden you. But as the tempo builds, the angst in Sermanni's voice leaves you taken by surprise: 'If you left thinking that I wanted anything but you/ I wished for nothing more/ But everything changes'. 


The music video for 'Two Birds' reflects Rachel's 'so sweet but so bitter' musical journey. The track is carried by a silvery melody and filled with a deep sadness. 'Lay-Oh' brings a welcomed cheerfulness to the EP while 'Blackhole' is the stand-out track that kills you in suspense for what the full length album may bring. Rachel Sermanni will be one to watch this year.

'Everything Changes' is released next week (Jan 27th), and there will be a tour throughout February: www.rachelsermani.net/shows 

Hayley Thompson

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