Songwriter sees colors whenever she sings
Singer-songwriter Charlene Soraia sees colors when she hears music. Read on how synaesthesia shapes her music and why her new album should be on everyone’s current rotation.
There’s a fascinating article in the Guardian today which describes how people with synaesthesia see colors when they hear music, or smell odor.
Singer-songwriter Charlene Soraia, 22, describes how she sees “a sort of Oxford blue, with purple bits, like a dark cloud” when she starts singing. But it’s not only her own voice triggering her brain to visualize colors. When her Dad plays the guitar, she sees a “burnt-orangey colour”.
Since the Guardian asks if synaesthesia makes people more creative, I went straight to the singer’s webpage to check out her music. It is wonderful! Charlene Soraia has a new album, Moonchild, out, and she is touring the UK.
Her songs are gentle, her voice at times nearly wispers, and a beautiful guitar very subtle drums are carrying the tune forward. Sometimes there’s a jazzy tone to it.
Another reviewer at musicOHM finds the album a bit too melancholic, but loves her “intricate finger picking” on the guitar and her “heavenly vocals”. The Independent writes that her album is “clearly possessed of a vision”.
And here’s a first taste of her music: