Rachel Goswell
Rachel Goswell
Label: 4AD
Genre: Folk / Rock
Online: Artist Website


Rachel Goswell is set to release her debut album, Waves Are Universal. Yes, you read that correctly - no one has put anything in your tea and there's no need to adjust your set. After a wait of over a decade, Rachel Goswell has finally pushed her way to the front and, like with most twists in her career so far, Waves Are Universal is not what you ears will be expecting.

For the uninitiated, Rachel first made a name for herself back in the early-nineties whilst lead singer of Slowdive, a band very much at the credible end of the short-lived but well remembered "shoe gazing" scene. As much as "that" tag now grates, there’s no doubting that their legacy lives on; rare Slowdive records are much sought after, many of the current crop of wannabes would kill for a comparison to them and only recently were they dubbed "cool" by veritable German electronic label, Morr Music, who released a sterling tribute album in their very honour.

From the ashes of Slowdive, Rachel along with surviving members Neil Halstead and Ian McCutcheon created Mojave 3 - a very different prospect to Slowdive. They veered away from their famed, dreamy yet schizophrenic, guitar-laden melodies in favour of a more timeless, laid back, almost stoned country sound. Fortunately, their uncanny ability to tug on heartstrings and stir the listener's emotions at will remained fully intact, seamlessly continuing their tradition for incredible song writing that keeps them ahead of the game. Last year saw the release of their fourth album, Spoon And Rafter, and they're already busy plotting the fifth.