Rachel Chinouriri Announces Debut Album “What A Devastating Turn Of Events”, Premieres New Song “Never Need Me” on BBC Radio 1
London-based singer-songwriter Rachel Chinouriri has announced that her highly-anticipated debut album “What A Devastating Turn Of Events” will be released on May 3, 2024.
The album comprises a 14-track, produced by Aaron Shadrow and Rich Turvey.
Rachel Chinouriri said of the album, “'What A Devastating Turn Of Events' should feel like discovering a personal journey of all the hardship and struggles that have ultimately made me the person I am today. I was lost when I first made this album, when I felt so lost within myself, but also in London. I was on a search to find myself and I can say I've managed to do that by the end of this process, and have found a love for myself that I never thought was possible.”
She continued, “I feel fortunate enough to be able to document that process and have it in physical form and sound. Hopefully it'll help other people realise that it takes tough times, self accountability, betrayal and uncomfortable moments to finally get to a point of true self love. I'm more than ready for the next chapter.”
- From the album, she premiered a new song “Never Need Me” on BBC Radio 1's Future Sounds with Sian Eleri.
The song is the second single off of the album, following “The Hills”.
The track was written by Aaron Shadrow, Mary Weitz, and Rachel Chinouriri. Produced by Aaron Shadrow and Rich Turvey.
The accompanying music video was directed by Jake Erland, featuring British actress Florence Pugh, who recently appeared on the 2023 film “Oppenheimer”.
Rachel Chinouriri told Sian Eleri about the song, “It's kind of that moment where someone has to do it. And it's for the benefit of both of you for moving on and for growth and you'll realize that maybe the other person doesn't know but it is better for them to not have you around. And it's also better for you because growing you've got to be on your two different journeys, you don't enable people. And sometimes people have to realize by themselves when they're going through something and they won't realize until they are by themselves and really think what they're going through and how they're acting.”
- Rachel Chinouriri shared about the album on social media, “This album is something I've always dreamed of. To every single person who encouraged me to not give up… my family, my school mates and teachers, BRIT school, Duncan/Atlas, my team and ALL of you who have discovered me along the way and support me in anyway, you are all the reason why I can make this post today.
I'm grateful for the path that's been paved by many Black alternative/indie/pop artists before me. Thank you for inspiring me and I hope this album can inspire other young girls like me to pursue music in this genre.”
She continued, “The writing process began as a journey to find 'home'. My family moved out the country in 2019 and I felt lonely and just wanted to go back to my childhood home despite how desperately I'd fought to leave it. I felt exposed. The nostalgia of home is something I weirdly missed. I found comfort in being in chaos or fear but music gave me the opportunity to change that for myself and begin a new journey of peace.”
She added, “I hated myself, self sabotaged, got in pretty terrible situations, had to deal with the battle of being black in Britain but learned to find a beauty in being lucky enough to experience this as it's what has made me and I can't change that, therefore I love every struggle and battle.
It feels nostalgic for me but I don't miss home anymore because I now treasure it in a music form. In the form of a fucking ALBUM... my new home is wherever this journey is that music will carry me on, and I'm so happy to be sharing a piece of my home with you.”
- source : BBC Radio 1