Rachel Chinouriri Releases Acoustic Version of “I’m Not Perfect (But I’m Trying),” Accompanied by Intimate Music Video
Acoustic covers can be hit or miss. Sometimes stripping a song back to its vocals and core components can reveal aspects of the song that were hidden under production. Some acoustic covers can fall flat because they don’t do much to differentiate themselves from the original. A strong acoustic cover usually flips the original and allows the listener to approach the song from a different perspective. British singer-songwriter Rachel Chinouriri does just this with the recently released acoustic version of her 2022 single “I’m Not Perfect (But I’m Trying).”
Rachel Chinouriri is a singer-songwriter based out of London, UK. Chinouriri entered the scene in 2018 when she started releasing music on Soundcloud before releasing music more widely on major streaming platforms. Her 2018 single “So My Darling” became a popular TikTok sound and propelled her to a wider audience. It was included on her debut EP Mama’s Boy which was released in 2019. She’s since released her debut mini-album, Four° In Winter, in 2021, and her second EP, Better Off Without, in 2022.
2022 has been a busy year for Chinouriri, marked by the release of the original single version of “I’m Not Perfect (But I’m Trying),” a headline tour of the U.K., and festival circuit appearances with various artists like Remi Wolf, Tems, Sam Fender, and Bloc Party.
While the original has a fast-paced, upbeat sensibility, the acoustic version allows the listener to reflect more closely on the lyrics. Chinouriri’s voice has an airy, wispy quality as she floats effortlessly over crystal acoustic strumming.
“I wanted to do an acoustic version of the song to bring attention to the lyrics rather than the energy of the song. I wanted people to focus more on the message and interpret in a way that means something to them. The song is about being imperfectly perfect and the message is really important to me, and I hope it resonates with people.”
Alongside the acoustic version of the song comes the release of an original music video. Take a look below.
The video features an intimate overhead shot of Chinouriri laying in bed and maintains it throughout. Strewn across the bed and her room are album covers, a small keyboard, loose clothing, and even what appears to be a stained food container. As Chinouriri sings it’s as if the listener is getting a glimpse into her innermost thoughts, and the video has a contemplative energy. The room very much represents the message of the song itself: it is messy and imperfective, but it is still a place that can offer peace, quiet solitude, and, hopefully, self-acceptance.
Check out the single “I’m Not Perfect (But I’m Trying) Acoustic,” and the rest of Rachel Chinouriri’s work.