Rachael Lavelle

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33 Queen's Road, Burley, Leeds, LS6 1NY


Leeds Inspired

Rachael Lavelle

16th October 2024

Dublin-born singer and composer Rachael Lavelle’s debut album Big Dreams, released via her Rest Energy label, 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.

“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