“Late contender for the best of the year lists… brilliantly unusual, unexpected tracks, you never know what she’s going to do next.”
With a string of releases on Talitres (EU/UK), Broken Sound (UK), Sweetdreams Press and Angel’s Egg (Japan) and much support from DJs on Radio 1, Radio 2, Xfm, 6 Music, France Musique among many other stations worldwide, experimental folk multi-instrumentalist Rachael Dadd has just released her strongest and most impacting body of work into the public sphere. Two years in the making ‘We Resonate’ out on Talitres (UK/EU) and Sweetdreams Press (Japan), is an uplifting celebration of life and by far her most collaborative. It sees Rachael joined by Laura Marling’s sideman Marcus Hamblett, experimental Japanese multi-instrumentalist ICHI, Alessi Laurent-Marke of Alessi’s Ark, Rozi Plain, Emma Gatrill of Sons of Noel and Adrian, and Thomas Heather of Woodpecker Wooliams.
Born from the richness of Rachael Dadd’s semi-nomadic lifestyle, partly recorded live in a studio followed by playful overdubbing in Rachael’s front room, ‘We Resonate’ carves out a niche of its own, crossing genres from folk, through pop and experimental. Pulsing with poly-rhythms on prepared-piano, homemade xylophone, voice, clarinets, typewriter, boxes of matches, steel drum, tap-dancing, clapping, and even the heartbeat of Rachael’s baby in the womb, it reveals that her love of African field-recordings and the spirit embodied within them has seeped into the diverse mix of influences, along with Steve Reich, Tune Yards, and the Japanese underground/ improv scene.
Rachael has performed to audiences of up to 3000 and in recent times has taken to the stage at countless festivals including Glastonbury, End of The Road, Green Man, Wilderness, No Direction Home, Truck, Boomtown, Ouvre La Voix (France), Mandstock (Italy), and Woodford (Australia).
Having graduated from art school with first class honors, Rachael is also a practicing and exhibiting artist, always putting emphasis on the record sleeve and often making handmade limited editions, thinking conceptually and regularly collaborating with RCA graduate animator and sister Betsy Dadd with whom she is the recipient of an Emerging Excellence Award for a new collaborative show they are working on together.
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“Bold art folk… accomplished fusion of words, acoustic strumming and wild percussive textures.”
“Experimental folk multi-instrumentalist Dadd is one of the quirkiest singer songwriters on earth but she’s also one of the best… a richly eclectic sonic treat.”
HIFI NEWS 9/10
“An artist destined to define the genre.”
The Line Of Best Fit
“Rachael Dadd is our most celebrated female artist on Folk Radio UK.”