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Raveloe

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Raveloe is the project of multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Kim Grant.

The alias is taken from the name of a fictional village within the pages of a Mary Anne Evans (George Eliot) novel called Silas Marner about a reclusive weaver. Growing up in the small industrial town of Motherwell she found magic and escaped in the small beauties through moments of isolation and difficulty. A thread evident in songs that oscillate from heartbreak to hopefulness, exploring dualities and inspired by a fusion of folk-rock-indie.

2021 saw the arrival of her debut self produced EP ‘Notes and Dreams’ and follow up singles ‘New House’ and ‘Catkins’ released on Olive Grove Records which led to features in BBC 6 Music, BBC Introducing, The Roddy Hart Show as well as The Clash, Euphoria, For The Rabbits and one of Vic Galloways one to watch in 2022 to name a few.

 

The album Exit Light (FFO Big Thief, Frightened Rabbit, Waxahatchee) was released on Olive Grove Records in 2023, featured on BBC 6 Music, BBC Scotland Afternoon Show, BBC Scotland’s Vic Galloway and Roddy Hart shows respectively, it also made several album of the year lists including those by GodisintheTV and Vic Galloway and The Weekender.

Inspired by the likes of Big Thief, PJ Harvey, The Microphones and This is The Kit you can expect moments of delicate folk inspired reflection to swelling ripples of distortion and energy.

Press

"Clouds Are Release hints at an artist ready to step out of her DIY roots and into the mainstream, a stadium-sized single from an artist who now sounds more ready than ever to make a huge breakthrough." - For The Rabbits

"...whispers to the unseen spirits that scurry through long grass and rise through mists, following us closely, setting hairs on edge with their momentary chill." - God Is In The TV

“[Catkins] Out now on Olive Grove Records, it's a dreamy piece of indie pop that surges to its triumphant conclusion, display Raveloe's abilities, and also her undaunted potential.” - The Clash

"[Rustle In The Leaves is] A beautifully crafted folk song that finds relief and strength in facing one’s inner demons." - Podcart

"when one comes along who actually stands out from the pack, it’s a cause for celebration. Kim Grant, who fronts the shoegaze meets folk act Raveloe is as original an act as I have heard in many years." - God is in the TV

Performed on BBC Scotland Afternoon Show with Nicola Meighan showcasing artists to watch in 2024

 

Featured on “Vic Galloway’s Albums of the year list 2023"

 

Featured on “Vic Galloway's 25 Scottish artists to watch in 2022” on BBC Scotland.

Included in GodisintheTV “Sound of 2022” - "She’s been quietly crafting intricate songs full of heart over the last few years including an EP released last year called Notes and Dreams. Her most recent single ‘Catkins’ is wonderful: rich with Grant’s haunting vocals her wistful tone reminding one of Kristin Hersh. Literate and melancholic, this enveloping song is invested with swirling layers of swaying instrumentals fuzzy guitars, strums and resounding drums, it could be called gaze or folk- pop but who cares, its rustles with the brittleness of being, this self-reflective and poignant track is gorgeous and grows magnificently.”

 

Tipped as one to watch by Backseatmafia - "This isn’t the sound of an artist with songcraft to watch in the future; this is the sound of an artist who’s fully arrived. ...It’s gonna be fascinating to see her develop in 2022.”

 

Single “Catkins” featured on Euphoria - “Her debut EP was released just earlier this year with tracks like “Steady” inviting listeners into her chasm of sound that already stands out among the Scottish scene. Her latest release, “Catkins,” is another mark on the height chart for Raveloe that’s growing noticeably taller with every release...”


Where Notes and Dreams introduced us to Raveloe in a lo-fi aesthetic, “Catkins” takes a step forward from this realm into wider soundscapes and, with it, more musical possibilities. Raveloe’s potential is dotted out with the songs already lying in her lyric books. If more like “Catkins” jump off those pages and into real life, that potential is surely bound to gleam ever brighter.

Featured on Snack Mags single’s of the year list.

Releases

Abalone - Single, self released 2020

Notes and Dreams - EP released on Olive Grove Records 2021

New House - Single Released on Olive Grove Records 2021

Catkins - Single released on Olive Grove Records 2021

Rustle in the leaves - Single released Olive Grove Records 2023

Clouds are Release - Single released Olive Grove Records 2023

Ghost beach - Single released Olive Grove Records 2023

 

Exit Light - Debut Album released on Olive Grove Records 2023

Live

Raveloe performs solo and with a full band, Paul Kelly (Bass), Simon Liddell (Guitar) Jimi Maffei (Drums), Jason Riddell (backing vocals and synth), with appearances from Jill O’Sullivan (strings) and Susan Bear (synth).

 

In 2023 Raveloe performed in Norway at Indiefjord festival , had their first UK tour including dates in Manchester and London and will be starting 2024 with a debut headline at Celtic Connections.

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