Since relaunching himself as Rationale in 2015, Tinashe Fazakerley has been making some serious waves in the music industry. With Pharrell Williams celebrating the Zimbabwe-born Brit as one who had “found the beauty in their voice”, Rationale has also drawn praise from pop royalty in Elton John and Justin Timberlake.
While not necessarily a household name quite yet, Rationale has enjoyed showcasing his talents as opening support for Bastille on their recent Wild Wild World tour. Arriving in Glasgow to kick off his own UK tour, could King Tut’s prove to be a crowning moment in the soulfully synthy artist’s rise to stardom?
Supporting Rationale on his tour is the talented Dom McAllister, a proudly “half Glaswegian” artist whose soulful R&B sound – with keyboard accompaniment – was impressive, to say the least. Particular highlights of his set were an enjoyable acoustic mashup of Jamie xx’s Good Times and Tory Lanez’ Luv as well as his latest release, Walking, before Rationale took to the stage.
Opening with the relatively slow burning Re-Up, Rationale moved onto That Feeling before two offerings from his upcoming Vessels EP, Something For Nothing and Palms, which were received rapturously by the King Tut’s crowd, prior to an impassioned performance of Deliverance.
More new material was showcased in the form of Black Hole, before really getting the place bouncing with Losing Sleep and the hugely popular Fast Lane. Prior to Living On The Line, he complimented the Glaswegians, “because you’re such a good crowd, let’s try even more new things,” despite his proclaiming it “a sad day with things that have happened in America”.
The Mire and Prodigal Son followed, charting Rationale’s changing sound, from the more traditional indie rock of the former to the latter, taken from the Vessels EP, which – along with other recent Rationale releases – possesses a uniquely atmospheric undercurrent throughout.
Rationale then proceeded to treat fans to a new song released earlier that day, Reciprocate, before a feigned end to the set. The eponymous Vessels and Fuel To The Fire duly rounded off the night, whipping the crowd up into a frenzy, before Fazakerley and co received a deservedly raucous reception as they vacated the stage.
Words by Jonno Mack