Rachael Boyd: Weave review – Post-classical bliss from Belfast multi-instrumentalist

Wed, Feb 13, 2019, 09:00

   
  

Album:
Weave

Artist:
Rachael Boyd

Label:
Self-released

Genre:
Alternative

Rachael Boyd is a musician and composer from Belfast. In 2015, she won a Nialler9 competition for best remix, and has contributed to music by a wide range of Irish acts including Malojian, Ciaran Lavery, Ryan Vail, Joshua Burnside, Halves, and Overhead, the Albatross.

Weave is a gorgeous debut album, blending blissful post-classical soundscapes such as Belfast Skyline with the trip-hop infused Blind Spot, featuring a bubbling bass line that David Axelrod would’ve been very proud of, and Osael, which brings plucking strings to a whole new level.

Pieces such as the title track and Kalimba Drone proves she is just as assured and accomplished on strings as a piano or keyboard. Weave showcases a dazzling versatility, befitting a musician who cites her expansive influences as Debussy, Chopin, Sufjan Stevens, Baths, The Flashbulb and Broken Social Scene.

Honey is another vocal track, but Weave is predominantly an instrumental record of tremendous variety and depth. Tracks such as the haunting parting glass Connect show a keen understanding of how to effectively combine classical and electronic elements with skilful subtlety, which is best appreciated by going straight back to the start and basking in the beauty of this fantastic suite of music all over again.