Rathmines, County Dublin
Dublin singer and composer Rachael Lavelle has been casting spells around Ireland and abroad with a haunting music that is at once enigmatic and accessible. Merging classical and contemporary influence, her hypnotic live performances blend electronic soundscapes with elegant piano, found sounds, percussion and spacious, arresting vocals. Her lyrics explore and express the complexities of life in the digital age, drawing on themes of existentialism, anxiety, loneliness and intimacy. Her background in composition and sociology has helped form a unique genre-spanning sound inspired by everyone from Laurie Anderson to The Carpenters.
Since the release of her debut EP Superman, Lavelle has received numerous plaudits in the press, tv and radio on RTE 2XM, Newstalk, 98FM and TG4. She has supported a number of Irish and international acts including Saint Sister, Balthazar, Moxie, as well as recently packing out her own headline shows in Whelans and The Soundhouse. Performing at various festivals both solo and with Ireland’s contemporary orchestral ensemble Glasshouse at Another Love Story, Cathedral Arts Festival Belfast, Electric Picnic, Whelan’s Ones To Watch.
Her most recent live video release, Eat Clean, was named Hot Press Track of The Day, and premiered on Nialler9, who called it “stark and poignant [...] a necessary reminder to us all to be gentle and kind to ourselves in a world that rarely slows down.” Lavelle was recently awarded a music residency in Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh, where she will work on a collaborative project with songwriter Maija Sofia.
In addition to this, the remainder of 2019 will see the much-awaited completion and release of Lavelle’s debut album.
“Stunning lyrical prowess” - Nialler9
“This is a performer and writer with oodles of potential” - Jim Carroll, The Irish Times
“The music of Superman is deep, dark and tense. You don’t listen to it, you get wrapped up in it. The weaving strings, the full-bodied chimes of piano and Rachael Lavelle’s soaring vocal all work to create a record that has incredible sense of “somewhere else” - The Last Mixed Tape
Lavelle’s incredibly powerful voice resonates wonderfully throughout this entire endeavour [...] there’s not a weak moment to be found anywhere on this record.”
- Pure M
“A simply captivating record, Rachael Lavelle’s music is an enigmatic one, shrouded in shadowy corners and ominous tones. Resulting in an engaging listen from start to finish.”
- The Last Mixed Tape
“The two things that initially struck me listening to Rachael Lavelle’s Superman E.P. were, one, a depth of maturity in her lyrics, and two, I cannot adequately attach her vocals or sound to any predecessor, there’s a certain sense of the theatricality of Kate Bush, but not the sound.”
- Remy’s Music and Film
“..in many ways Lavelle embodied the entire point of Ones to Watch.”
- The Last Mixed Tape