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Rachel Chinouriri Shows Us How to Embrace Fear in New Track 'Darker Place'

Rachel Chinouriri is wise beyond her years and she certainly seems to know how to take on the music world without trepidation. Hailing from Croydon and raised in a Zimbabwean household the self-taught singer-songwriter has an alt-pop sound which is something unique in itself.

‘Darker Place’ addresses the contention between light and dark, as Rachel faces ‘darkness’ and reconfigures it into a space in which we can grow and further our self-discovery. The video, by promising director Milo Blake, is an idyllic accompaniment to the song – with twisting visuals of Rachel confronting the on-going battle in our minds – almost as though the angel and devil which reside on one’s shoulders put aside their indifference, deciding to learn from each other instead.

At 17-years old she had written and recorded her debut EP which dropped via soundcloud – titled Bedroom Tales which was credited on BBC introducing in 2018. Continuing on her tracks of self-governed authenticity the South Londoner directed her own music video for ‘So My Darling’ (released later in that same year). The song is loaded with voice notes from her friends opening up about their own experiences of love and loss; a frequent theme found in her songwriting.

There is something intoxicating about her lyricism which leaves you feeling vulnerable yet desiring more. To be able to express such sincere emotion acoustically shows an unrelenting honesty and passion which is evident in the 21-year-old.

Watch the video for ‘Darker Place’ below

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