Raveloe releases her debut EP, ‘Notes and Dreams’, on the Olive Grove label.
The newest addition to the Olive Grove roster is the new musical project of Glasgow-based singer, Kim Grant, whose five tracks are available now, as CD and download.
Olive Grove’s cigar-chomper Lloyd Meredith signed Grant to his roster after “catching an actual live show during lockdown” – this year’s Govanhill Street Music Festival – next to the backdrop of a children’s play park “full of screaming kids”.
The songwriter had previously taken to recording livestreams from her bedroom, including performing alongside the likes of Withered Hand and Chrissy Barnacle.
After her previous band, Tongue Trap split, Grant decided at the end of 2019 to embark on her new solo venture.
“I started Raveloe with anticipation and excitement for the year ahead and like everyone faced a tidal wave of uncertainty,” she says.
Grant performs vocals, guitar, synth, and bass, with Jacob Tomlinson plays drums on all five tracks. Bassist Izzy Rose, Jen Anthan on strings, and pianist Erin F. Watt also contribute, the Raveloe project calling on guest performers from locations as diverse as Derby, Dumfries and Melbourne.
The EP was recorded at home over lockdown as Grant explains: “I ventured into home recording and it’s ended up being a really creative time for me, with music being my anchor and release.”
The project moniker comes from a place in George Eliot’s novel, Silas Marner. “It’s about a reclusive weaver who lives in a town called Raveloe. I identified with his character in some ways, Silas a weaver of threads and myself, a weaver of words and song (as well as his departure from organised religion).
“I also just really loved the word and like the juxtaposition of images it conjures. That this fictional town is as real as you make it, just like the world I want to create in my music.”