Rachel Taylor-Beales is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with four solo albums already under her belt and extensive touring experience throughout the UK, Europe, America, and Australia. Rachel’s fifth album, Out Of This Frame is set for release in November 2022.
Out Of This Frame was recorded and co-produced in collaboration with fellow artist and husband Bill Taylor-Beales in their South Wales based studio. The twelve tracks on the album traverse a lyrical blend of alt-folk-baroque-americana-blues and jazz infused melodies. Joined by Lucy Rivers on violin and additional vocals, Stacey Blythe on accordion, and guest appearances from Rachel and Bill’s daughter Polly, who adds spoken word elements on two tracks, while Rachel and Bill provide the rest of the musical accompaniments. From lyre-harp to kalimba, multiple guitars, to steel tongue drum, pianos, organs, banjos, bass, harmonicas, percussion and even a hint of soprano saxophone, Out Of This Frame weaves a dynamic tapestry of sound and stories.
Describing her latest album Rachel says: ‘It’s mythical, political, personal… it’s a shout, it’s a whisper, it’s a wail… and at its core, it’s an album about re-framing narratives.
Alongside her musical career, Rachel also dabbles in writing, theatre-making and painting and her latest gig-theatre show, Stone's Throw, Lament of the Selkie, was nominated by Wales Arts Review as a 'best of show' for 2020. In recent months Rachel has focussed on creating a series of paintings to accompany songs from Out Of This Frame. These can be seen in a hardcover and digital lyric/notes companion book to the album. Available through Bandcamp and Rachel's website and will be available to purchase alongside her new album from the 24/11/22.
Rachel spent the first 22 years of her life living between England and Australia, (with 6 relocations between countries, 23 different houses and 7 different schools) during that time - but has spent most of her subsequent years living in Wales. In 2012 her music career suffered a hiatus when she sustained severe injuries after falling from a high stage onto marble flooring while on tour in Italy (and also six months pregnant at that time). Several years and much physio treatment later Rachel was glad to be able to return to playing music. She currently lives in Carmarthenshire with her husband, her daughter, a dog, a cat, 8 fish, 3 shrimp and 2 water snails.
“Exceptional” Folk Radio UK
“Outstanding” Adam Walton BBC Radio Wales
“Musically exquisite and enthralling” Stewart Henderson BBC Radio 4