RARITIES, B-SIDES & OTHER STUFF: A feature paying tribute to rare songs, great b-sides, fantastic covers and bonus tracks, or anything else that catches my eye, or my ear rather.
I haven't mentioned Charlene Soraia on Rarities before. To be honest, I hadn't heard of her or sampled any of her music until I was going along in the car with my friend Claire and her gorgeous take on The Calling's 'Wherever You Will Go' came on the radio.
Soraia, who is know for her cover of the song, is a 23-year-old singer-songwriter based in London. Having picked up her first guitar at the age of five, Soraia is musically self-taught and already has three EPs under her belt. She has just released her debut studio album, Moonchild, a beautifully rich alternative-folk affair that will surely cement her as one of the finest new talents for 2012.
Soraia's version of 'Wherever You Will Go' is a fine example of when an already great song is taken and carefully moulded into something even better. With it's moving piano accompaniment and this lady's pure and emotive tones, Soraia's rendition is simply stunning.
Feast your ears:
Charlene Soraia plays Dublin's Sugar Club on 29th April, further information on which can be found here. Stalk Soraia on Facebook here.