Release Date: 06 October 2017
Format: LP Vinyl
|Rationale Self Titled Limited Vinyl LP
Possessing a gift for songwriting which allows him to push the boundaries of R&B, pop and soul while also presenting an intriguing worldview in his lyrics, RATIONALE has become an in-demand collaborator. Rag’n’Bone Man (‘Wolves’, ‘Guilty’ and ‘Life In Her Yet’), Katy Perry (‘Act My Age’) and Nause (‘Dynamite’) have all called on his talents, while further endorsements have included Ellie Goulding, who often covers his track ‘Tethered’ in her live shows, and Bastille, who invited RATIONALE to join them on their European arena tour.
Now RATIONALE presents his own artistic vision with the October 6th release of his self-titled debut album. It features select highlights of his career to date – including the 14 million-streamed smash ‘Fast Lane’, the towering live anthem ‘Deliverance’ and the emotional intensity of ‘Prodigal Son’ – alongside a wealth of new material.
The album is launched with the brand new track ‘Loving Life’, a continually evolving production of playfully unpredictable beats, dominant bass and swirling synths which allows RATIONALE’s evocative vocal gift to shine through. It also demonstrates his wide-ranging talents too, with a one-man masterclass of vocals, production and all instrumentation.
“’Loving Life’ was inspired by the arrival of summer and the idea of making memories with people closest to me,” says RATIONALE. “I was really into 2-step garage as a kid and I wanted to pay homage to that era and make something that people could really dance to.”
‘Loving Life’ is just one of the inspiring new tracks which are set to be discovered on the album. Other highlights include ‘Oil and Water’ – a sumptuous blend of dramatic pop dynamics, modernist production embellishments and a foot in tradition with gospel-inspired vocal harmonies – and the percussive march of ‘Phenomenal’, which finds RATIONALE’s tender, emotive phrasing conveying a revealing fragility.
The majority of the album was produced by RATIONALE while Canadian producer Stint, whose credits include Gallant and Nao, worked on ‘Tumbling Down’.
RATIONALE – real name Tinashé Fazakerley – is a Harare-born, London-based musician whose powerful live show has allowed him to prosper under the radar. The continual upscaling of his London shows is indicative of an artist able to use word-of-mouth to build a devoted following. After debuting at the intimate Courtyard Theatre, word of RATIONALE’s talents spread to the extent that he sold-out both Heaven and the 1500 capacity Electric Brixton just weeks apart early in 2017.
It’s a skill that’s held him in good stead for a wide array of leading festivals (Glastonbury, Secret Garden Party, Reading and Leeds, Latitude, Longitude, Barn On The Farm and more) as well as his first sold-out Stateside shows in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago. He’s already exceeded 34 million Spotify streams and 100,000 track sales in the UK before even releasing an album.
RATIONALE will follow the album’s release by embarking upon a UK headline tour in October.
2. Oil and Water
3. Loving Life
4. Fast Lane
5. Prodigal Son
6. Losing Sleep
7. Into the Blue
8. Fuel to the Fire
11. Tumbling Down
12. Somewhere to Belong