Track Premiere: NYC singer-songwriter Sara Rachele

Sara Rachelle

B-side of her ace new 7” single.

By Blurt Staff

Ex-Love Willows Sara Rachele, late of Atlanta and currently based in NYC, debuted as a singer-songwriter in 2014 with the well-received Diamond Street, subsequently releasing several attention-getting singles. Her latest? “Crazy Love” b/w “Three,” out shortly, and we are very happy to premiere the latter track here at BLURT today:

The tune is all acoustic guitar and vocals, cut live to two-track tape, a nod to the Georgia native’s folkie heritage. For this cut, Rachele and producer Kris Sampson (Ponderosa, B-52’s, The Coathangers) recorded in a living room-turned-studio in Atlanta’s Kirkwood neighborhood. “Kris adds this confidence to my work,” Rachele says. “I always leave challenged—and I think the songs are better for it.”

The A-side of course is a cover of Paul Anka’s 1958 hit “Crazy Love”—here, reverbed-out, slinky number, complete with swaggering electric guitars. Part smoky latenight indie-rock ballad / part soulful girl-group shuffle, it’s nearly unrecognizable as the Anka classic. (You can preorder here:  https://sararachele.bandcamp.com/album/crazy-love .)

The backstory: The daughter of a baby-boomer painter and Italian/Slovak immigrant, Rachele (pronounced ra-kelly) grew up in Atlanta, gravitating to acoustic hotspot Eddie’s Attic where she met countless musicians and writers and fell into bands as a side-player before she even knew how to write a song. While still a teenager, she became backing vocalist and keyboard player for The Love Willows, who promptly signed to Decca/Universal, writing and recording with producer Mike Daly (Whiskeytown, Lana Del Ray, Grace Potter).

Eventually, though, Rachele decided to leave behind The Love Willows’ bubblegum pop sound, moved to Boston and enrolled for a time at Berklee College of Music, before dropping out to live in her newly adopted home of New York City. She subsequently roamed the coffeehouses & nightclubs of the East Village, trading innocence for experience, and word spread quickly about her passionate delivery, her honest, unadorned lyrics and her uniquely Southern sound. Along with sidekick and fellow Atlanta expat Charlotte Kemp Muhl (with Sean Lennon, half of Ghost of the Saber Tooth Tiger), Rachele found a home in New York and wound up cutting Diamond Street as a marriage between her folk-centric upbringing and her rock & roll in NYC. Since then she’s been compared to everyone from Neko Case to Stevie Nicks to Lucinda Williams – with good cause.

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