Today, acclaimed singer songwriter Charlene Soraia releases her ‘Where’s My Tribe’ album, along with brand new single ‘Beautiful People’. One voice. One guitar. Ten killer songs. Recorded by the artist alone in her South London flat – with no edits, no autotune and mostly in one take – ‘Where’s My Tribe’ is an album of raw and simple beauty.
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.
Charlene Soraia’s ‘Where’s My Tribe‘ album is released January 25th, 2019 on Peacefrog Records. All songs were recorded by Charlene in her flat with no edits, no autotune, and in one take, revealing the raw, pure beauty of the music.