Scottish singer-songwriter Rachel Sermanni shares new video for single ‘What Can I Do’

Having recently announced her third full-length, So It Turns (due for release Aug 23rd), as well as a run of UK dates that will include a stop at London’s St Pancras Church on Oct 10th,

Rachel Sermanni, ethereal singer-songwriter from Scotland, has shared her new video for ‘What Can I Do’, the first single drawn from her third full-length release ‘So It Turns’ due August 23. In support of the grassroots movements tackling climate change, Sermanni will be donating a % of the proceeds toward Extinction Rebellion.

Following on the heels of the latest album, Rachel will be touring round the UK including a date at London’s St Pancras Church on Oct 10.

Dealing in a shadowy, gothic-tinged call-to-arms that falls somewhere between PJ Harvey and Cat Power, ‘What Can I Do’ offers an insight into the darker worlds that Rachel inhabits on the new record; her bittersweet mandolin matched with moody atmospherics and the drive of distorted heavy-blues guitars and primal percussion. Rachel says of the song’s origins: “I was lying on the floor just after Trump had been voted president, staring despairingly at the ceiling. There was also much on the news about refugees and the lack of an embrace we offer them. There was the looming Brexit vote too. In that moment I felt drawn to my mandolin to write, in a short sitting, What Can I Do.” 

Talking about the video, Rachel says: “I met the director Max one time on a train to Dunbar; a student of film down in London, he came over to tell me he liked my music. Some year or so later, we met again in a deli. This year he contacted me to say he’s in his final year and wondered if he might offer his services for a music video. I’m so pleased with the result. The visual symbolism reflects much of the reasons behind the writing of the song.”

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


“There is song crafting of an exceptional variety as Sermanni delivers ten solid songs, the longest just a touch under five minutes, that all have an important story to tell.” – The 405
“Minimal, murky, magnificent.” – Mojo
“Tied To The Moon is a beautiful record, so full of intricacies that it continues to reward with every listen, allowing you to lose yourself in its stories.” – The Line Of Best Fit
“Tied to the Moon is a captivating follow-up to her 2012 debut, Under Mountains, offering a richer, darker take on the soft folk of that record.” – Observer
“There’s something of the teenage Laura Marling about Rachel Sermanni.” – Uncut

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