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Thursday 24th Oct 2024



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Dublin-born singer and composer Rachael Lavelle’s debut album ‘Big Dreams’, has quickly seen her become recognised as one of Ireland’s most exciting emerging talents. It’s seen the album receive a nomination for Ireland’s prestigious Choice Music Prize Album of the Year. 

Lavelle has also been tapped up to tour with breakthrough Irish trailblazers Lankum and CMAT, as well as taking part in the Sorcha Richardson curated ‘Imagining Ireland’ at The Barbican in London and National Concert Hall in Dublin alongside SOAK, Ye Vagabonds, Aby Coulibaly and more.

‘Big Dreams’ is an existential coming-of-age album that chronicles the journey of a young woman searching for direction and meaning in a very strange world. Inspired by sounds of everyday life and an intriguing obsession with YouTube self-help videos, the album explores romance,directionless-ness, ambition and the expectations of the unsatisfied digital native. ‘Big Dreams’ is an introspective journey that invites the listener to ask what it means to be alive in the 21st century. Floating in a world that is at once full of irony and honesty, Rachael examines the essential things: sleeping, eating, work and the search for love, reimagining them in a dream-like musical landscape of luscious synths, manipulated vocals, cinematic sound design, strings, woodwind and electronic beats.

In the years prior to the release of her debut, Lavelle has also toured with the likes of Villagers and Anna B Savage. She’s also collaborated with a wide range of artists including Peter Broderick, Saint Sister and lent vocals to the aforementioned Villagers’ album ‘Fever Dream’ (via Domino Records).

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“Big Dreams is disarming and layered… Slow-burning art-pop that is at once inventive and soothing… Gently compelling.” The Guardian – One To Watch

“A deliciously off-beat characterful debut” 8/10 UNCUT

“One of 2023’s most spectacular debuts” 5/5 NARC Magazine

“There’s a duality to Lavelle’s wonderful debut, a record at once stridently confident in it’s experimentation while also underpinned by vulnerability” The Times

“One of the stand-out (Choice Music Prize) nominees is the debut album ‘Big Dreams’, a beautifully enchanting rumination on coming of age and the search for direction and clarity in a strange world of countless uncertainty.” Clash Magazine

“Rachael Lavelle has created a world of her own. Ghostly and ambient, her angelic voice harmonises with enough dissonance to grab one’s attention – and refuses to let go… A wonderful effort.” 9/10 Hot Press