Rathmines, County Dublin
Selected by The Thin Air, Hot Press and The Last Mixed Tape as an artist ready to breakthrough in 2020 and by Nialler9 as one of 50 Best New Irish Acts in 2019, Rachael Lavelle is an experimental pop songstress and composer hailing from Dublin.
Her music blends dark soundscapes, with arresting vocals, electronic percussion, elegant piano and humorous existential lyrics.
2019 saw the release of her single ‘Perpetual Party’, an Ireland/ UK tour supporting Saint Sister, and highlight performances at Other Voices. She has garnered plays on Lyric FM, Newstalk, 98FM, televised performances on TG4 and performed at festivals such as Electric Picnic, Quarter Block Party, Whelan’s Ones To Watch and Spilt Milk as well as packing out her own headline shows in Whelan's and The Soundhouse. She is also a competent composer and singer with Glasshouse Ensemble.
Lavelle was recently awarded a place in RTÉ Composer Lab where she will receive mentorship to compose a piece for the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. She was also awarded a music residency in Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh where she will work on a collaborative project with Choice Prize nominated songwriter Maija Sofia.
With a list of performances and festival appearances cancelled due to the coronavirus, Lavelle has been firmly planted recording and creating material, the first of which is due for release this September.
P R E S S
“The most striking avant-garde pop tune made and released in Ireland this year” - Nialler9
“A competent songstress and interesting producer, Lavelle creates music that exists somewhere between baroque compositions and ambient experimentations. She is the intersection of Bjork and Laurie Anderson.” - The Thin Air (10 for 20)
“Rachael Lavelle doesn’t release music all too often, but when she does, you can count on it being totally bewitching and more than a little uncanny.” - The Quietus
“This is a performer and writer with oodles of potential” - Jim Carroll, The Irish Times
“Performing in the intimate confines of An Díseart on Sunday Rachael Lavelle’s stunning vocals echoed around the church’s antiquated surroundings” - District Magazine