20-year-old Scottish singer-songwriter Rachel Sermanni unleashes her debut album ‘Under Mountains’ into the world on September 14. Written by Rachel and produced by Communion’s Ian Grimble – who has just finished adding the vital touches to the Benjamin Francis Leftwich LP – Under Mountains launches Rachel onto to the new music scene with much aplomb and will establish her as one of the key acts to look out for in 2012.
A talented instrumentalist, Rachel puts her own, unique spin on a time-honoured genre, reinforcing her songs with a tough outer shell but all the while imbuing them with splashes of humour. ‘Waltz’ is the first single to be taken from Sermanni’s debut album and has received rave reviews. Opening track ‘Breathe Easy’ – a song built on a brave, a cappella backbone and fleshed out with a forthright strings and keys section – the dynamic ‘Black Current’ which rises and falls with an intoxicating swoon – and ‘Song To a Fox’ – a wintry hymn sculpted from haunting, spacious cries. That’s not forgetting lead track ‘The Fog’, which was chosen as the EP’s first single namely for its larger-than-life chorus, delicately balanced timbre and truly captivating vocals.
Rachel has already supported likes of Elvis Costello, KT Tunstall, Ron Sexsmith and Michael Kiwanuka. She has been invited to duet with Newton Faulkner and John William Grant. And after a chance meeting with Mumford and Sons on a beach in Ullapool, Rachel was invited to take part in the Communion night in London’s Notting Hill Arts Club. Rachel’s track, My Friend Fire, was also recorded and produced by Ben of Mumford and Sons and features on the first Communion compilation album. Doors open at 9pm and tickets are €10.