Olive Grove Records have released Notes and Dreams, the debut EP from Raveloe, (pronounced Rave-low) the new musical project of Glasgow-based singer, Kim Grant. Traditionally most artists are first discovered playing in smaller basement-type venues, with sticky floors and sweaty walls. With live shows being much of a non-starter during lockdown, Grant took to recording live streams from her bedroom which included performing alongside the likes of Withered Hand and Chrissy Barnacle. Kim AKA Raveloe spoke with The Fountain about putting out an EP as well as some of the venues she would love to play outside of her own bedroom.
TF: You have a new EP out, what can we expect from Notes and Dreams?
A personal, reflective record, sometimes melancholic but scattered with dreams and hopefulness. These songs and the process of recording and mixing them became an anchor to me during a challenging moment. The percussion was all done by my good friend Jacob Tomlinson who was instrumental in this EP being completed with his words of encouragement and resourcefulness with a single stereo zoom mic at his home in Derby.
Steady has more live energy as it was recorded in Carlton Studios just before lockdown by Jason Riddell, who also mixed the song.
You can also hear my friends Erin Watt playing keys on Post it, Izzy Rose playing bass on Post -it /Steady and Jen Anthan playing strings on Old Tree.
TF: How would you sum up the record in one sentence?
I think Lloyd of Olive Grove Records summed it up perfectly “This is an EP soaked in the light, and at times, darkness found in life.”
TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year, after this release?
I can’t wait to perform again and play my EP with a band as well as the newer songs I’ve written. Thankfully I have a couple of online gigs coming up in the near future and some live gigs booked for the summer time (fingers crossed). Hopefully I’ll get into a studio and record some songs I’ve been forming over the past year as soon as that is possible too. I will also just continue to write and create, it’s a continual process for me. I am also excited about being part of the Olive Grove Record family and where that might lead.
TF: Where is your favourite venue for playing live, where is the next place you look most forward to gigging?
There are so many wonderful music venues here in Glasgow, my favourite though is the Hug and Pint, there’s such a homely and familiar feel to the place. I have so many great memories of playing and being an audience member there. It’s an intimate space where lovers of music gather, and support one another and great bands from all over come and play every night of the week usually. I feel like returning for my first show after lockdown will be a surreal experience and maybe emotional too. I’d all love to play at the CCA again as well as The Glad Cafe which also has a very homely feel.