|Charlene Soraia — Where’s My Tribe (Jan. 25, 2019)
Charlene Soraia — Where’s My Tribe (Jan. 25, 2019)Location: London, UK
Album release: Jan. 25, 2019
Record Label: Peacefrog Records
01. Where’s My Tribe 3:20
02. Tragic Youth 3:37
03. Temptation 4:35
04. Beautiful People 3:15
05. Now You Are with Her 3:37
06. The Journey 4:25
07. Likely to Kill 3:40
08. Far Beyond the High Street 2:35
09. Harms 1:22
10. Saboteur Tiger 3:54
PRESS Love for Charlene:
°− “An incredible guitarist, her innate ability transcends jazz, classical, or even prog to become something entirely her own.” — Clash
°− “Ghostly, feather~light vocals and delicate, intricate musicianship.” — Complex
°− “Impressive components here line up to form something rather heartrending and emotionally striking” — The 405
°− “An elegiac folk song with a haunting single guitar that echoes and ripples.” — PopMatters
BY SARAH / 30 NOV 2018 /
°− Ten tracks recorded in Charlene’s south London flat with no edits or sophisticated equipment.
°− Primarily known for her cover of The Calling’s ‘Wherever You Will Go’ which got to number three in the charts this is Charlene Soraia’s third album. Languidly plucked and gently stroked guitar. Velvet vocals trickle and sway. Angelic backing vocals soar and tilt at the moon gently rippling in the night air. Stripped down acoustic fingers flurry across the frets. A breathy and soothing smoky voice but also strong and steely. Spacious songs with a touch of slide here and there...all with an ethereal otherworldliness. As though Charlene’s the last lady in the world just sitting singing to herself.
°− With song titles such as ‘Tragic Youth’, ‘Now You Are With Her’ and ‘Beautiful People’, ‘Where’s My Tribe’ lays bare the loneliness that lurks at the empty heart of our super~connected world, chasing friends and dragons — real and illusory — down the virtual rabbit hole.
°− Recorded in one take at 3am, ‘Temptation’ channels the exquisite torture of an illicit affair resisted, but only just. With ‘Tragic Youth’, ghosts of the past are exorcised and consigned to history — eased on their way by a voice that glides like quicksilver over an intricate tapestry of guitar rhythms. While ‘Beautiful People‘ reads like an outsider’s protest to the selfie generation and ‘Now You Are With Her’ is a song of heartache and longing to compete with the very best.
°− Charlene says of ‘Where’s My Tribe’ “A sense of being separate to the world and continuously chasing this impossible dream of feeling like I belong is a concept that runs throughout the album and my life, whether it’s with regards to people, places or things. Other daydreamers, deep thinkers and loners will know this separate reality; it’s actually where I create most of my art”.
°− She continued to talk about the final track to be released from the album “‘Beautiful People’ is central to the entire album it describes a battle between the brain and desire. “I can’t keep on living in the shadows of such beautiful people”. It’s so easy to compare yourself to others with the incessant bombardment (and addiction) to social media. It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the reality of your own existence, especially when playing the dangerous game of self esteem killing comparisons! I’ve come to learn that things are often unfoundedly idealised online.”
°− As demonstrated by her accidental worldwide hit ‘Wherever You Will Go’, Charlene Soraia is possessed of a voice that can melt hearts. ‘Where’s My Tribe’ serves as a powerful reminder that she is also a guitarist of virtuosic skill and songwriter of rare talent. Universal yet intensely personal, this is a record of our time that will resonate with the lonely soul inside us all.
PAUL CARR 29 Jan 2019, Score: 8
°− British singer~songwriter Charlene Soraia searches for her place in the world in a collection of raw, vulnerable acoustic songs recorded in a single take on Where’s My Tribe.
°− Life is complex. Sometimes the most complicated feelings and emotions can be best explained over the simplest means. That is the principle behind the latest collection of unswervingly honest songs by British singer~songwriter Charlene Soraia. On her new album Where’s My Tribe she holds a mirror up to herself in an attempt to understand who she is and where she fits in the modern world, with just a single acoustic guitar for company. The result is a collection of raw, vulnerable acoustic songs recorded in a single take, as she pours her heart out, sat alone in her flat late at night.
°− Opener “Where’s My Tribe” sets the blueprint for the album. With only a solitary acoustic guitar, Soraia lays herself bare, capturing that rare moment when an artist manages to unravel a complex emotion using the simplest and most affecting of means. Over rippling acoustic guitar, she details that feeling of finding you’ve become untethered from societies’ secure moorings, struggling to connect with the wider world as the tide conspires to take you further out to sea. As Soraia sings the chorus of “Chase my dragon / Chase my rabbit / Down the hole”, she is reflecting on her self~inflicted dislocation as she knowingly shies away from meeting reality head~on.
°− Over perpetual waves of shimmering acoustic guitar, “Tragic Youth” finds Soraia struggling to keep the specters of the past from roaring back into the present. Like scratching at a scab that has had insufficient time to heal, she is not ready to let things lie, to let go of the things that have already, unwittingly, gone. She seems locked in limbo, not yet ready to make the changes that will enable recovery and progression. “Temptation” delves deep into unrequited love as the spark of initial attraction is denied the accelerant to ignite fully. Over delicately strummed guitar, Soraia depicts the push and pull of forbidden desire with both parties able to curb their feelings before they engulf them and incinerate all of the relationships that would lie in their path.
°− The only thing left for them to do is to contemplate what might have been which they do on “Now You Are With Her”. The song serves as the flipside to “Temptation’s” struggle to resist as the protagonists recoil back into their old lives, far away from the fantasy that dominated every waking hour. “Beautiful People” illustrates what a fluid, innovative guitar player Soraia is as she plucks, slaps, and picks out a rhythm to support her tender, echoing vocals on a song about living in a society that values beauty over everything else.
°− On the rootsy “Likely to Kill” her slapped acoustic string technique gives the music a quiet sense of menace which perfectly suits the subject matter. Here, Soraia details a pernicious relationship, one that threatens to spill over into something more serious as she sings, “If we stay together, I’ll be more likely to kill you.” It’s doubtful this is a serious threat, more of an admission that the relationship can no longer continue for the sake of their own emotional welfare. However, the sentiment is still instantly relatable for anyone who has found themselves ready to rip themselves clear of a relationship before it’s too late.
°− Closer, “Saboteur Tiger” finds Soraia’s voice echoing the great female singer~songwriters of the 1970s like Carole King, Joni Mitchell, and Linda Ronstadt. You can imagine her, alone on a wooden stool with smoke circling her on a simply lit stage as her voice fills every nook and cranny in a packed hall. It’s a memorable finish with some of her most inspired fretwork on the album.
°− At times painfully honest, Where’s My Tribe encapsulates the enduring solemnity of a voice and a solitary guitar. The songs have an undiluted clarity to them thanks to the simple acoustic backing that heightens the bittersweet sense of beauty and pain. Few albums manage to untangle the complexities of everyday life in such an affecting manner. °− https://www.popmatters.com/
|Charlene Soraia — Where’s My Tribe (Jan. 25, 2019)