Rachel Sermanni has shared ‘What Can I Do’, the lead single from her third album ‘So It Turns’ (self-released on 23 August). Rachel describes her sound as ‘folk noir’ it’s a fitting description for this new single that combines haunting gothic melodies with P.J. Harvey-style assertiveness before throwing in a touch of Stick in the Wheel’s modern folk.
Written in the wake of Donald Trump’s election victory while Brexit was on the horizon, Rachel sums up the hopelessness that many of us felt in primal and stark detail. She looks to find a light that will help get her out of this dark place asking ‘What can I do? before then pondering over ‘boats in the sea’, ‘suits in the chamber’ and how ‘I don’t know if they care for anyone at all’.
A percentage of proceedings from purchases of this song will be donated to Extinction Rebellion Scotland.
Catch Rachel Sermanni on the following tour dates:
10th August – Album Launch – Edinburgh, Summerhall
11th Sep – Aberdeen, The Blue Lamp
12th Sep – Inverness, Eden Court
13th Sep – Stirling, The Tollbooth
19th – 22nd Sep – Shetland (Songwriting Festival)
27th Sep – Galway, The Black Gate
28th Sep – Dublin, Lost Lane
2nd Oct – Album Launch – Glasgow, St Andrews in the Square
10th Oct – London, St Pancras Church
11th Oct – Husthwaite Village Hall
12th Oct – Bury, The Met
13th Oct – Kingskerswell Parish Church
19th Oct – Durham, The Old Launderette
One thought on “Rachel Sermanni – ‘What Can I Do’”
Wow, such beautiful words for such beautiful work! Hopefully we’ll be able to see her touring UK places near me quite soon. Doesn’t like any on there that pass along the midlands as of yet.