Boomkat Product Review:
Having first made her name back in the early nineties when lead singer of Slowdive - a band at the credible end of shoegazing scene, responsible in influence for so many groups operating in both the electronic and indiepop spheres (Ulrich Schnauss and the Morr Music stable to name but two) – and, more recently, as one-fifth of Mojave 3, Rachel’s mesmerising voice has always had the uncanny ability to tug at heartstrings and stir emotions at will. Her debut solo album, ‘Waves Are Universal’, you’ll be glad to hear still does exactly that. This EP, ‘Sleep Shelter’, precedes the album by a month and is a more stripped down sound than what you might expect, abandoning both the drift qualities of Slowdive and the overt country influences of Mojave 3 in favour of something altogether more singer-songwriterish. There are no vocal effects, swathing walls of reverb or atmospheric slide guitar for her to hide behind. Instead, you are treated to a far more holistic affair – something you might like to describe as “mature”. Check.