Rachel Singh’s “Dear, Mind” Is Just Serene
Growing up in a household with a lineage of musicians, Rachel Singh had been exposed to music for as long as she could remember. Born in Mumbai, India, the artist decided to follow in the footsteps of her Father, Raju Singh, and grandfather, Charanjit Singh, by graduating from Berklee College of Music with a degree in songwriting. Exploring her artistic creativity further through two songs off her brother Joshua Singh’s 2019 EP, Understudy, the musician was applauded for her graceful and unapologetically honest vocal performance. Following that year, Singh set out to carve her own unique path by releasing her debut single, “Dear, Mind.” Captivating such an aura of bliss, the word tranquility doesn’t quite hit the mark when describing Rachel Singh’s watermark 2020 song.
Relinquishing your soul of all toxins, the emotive atmosphere of the tune does its best to bring up your day and heal your woes. Starting with room tone, the space inside the mix fixates on automobile noises before moving on to arpeggiated acoustic guitar. Accompanying the six-stringed instrument, we, the audience are introduced to Singh’s breathtaking voice. Much like the weirdness of Alice In Wonderland, the storytelling found within the song defies a linear path, focusing on introspection and the whimsical nature of thought itself. Unraveling a tale where Singh is lost in her mind during a car ride, the lyrics center on queerness and fluidity, never divulging an answer, yet bringing the artist one step closer to acceptance.
Dear mind, where’re you driving me to tonight?
You slowly Resemble her sight
And I’m losing control
“Dear, Mind” Lyrics – Rachel Singh
Deserving praise for her seemingly effortless delivery, Singh’s soft whispers convey distinctive melodies that provoke serenity in the listener, all while meshing phenomenally well with key orchestral components in the track. Beautiful, these orchestral moments combined with the guitar play style bring you to another world, thanks to each instrument’s simple yet effective voicing. Scattered across the production, nuanced texture feels serene, unequivocally conveying the main themes of the tune in the process. Providing simple yet effective voicing, each element found in “Dear, Mind” creates a breathtaking soundworld that lifts the song to its utmost potential.