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Rory Lavelle
Rory Lavelle
Belfast's Rory Lavelle is Northern Ireland's answer to Surfjan Stevens.

A DIY demi-God who is able to deliver an album of songs that is emotionally charged, questions society's long-held beliefs and manages somehow to not be overwraught or too challenging in the process.

With Waves proving itself an album that grows with each listen, we caught up with Rory to find out what songs make him...



Smile:

Song from Hope St by David Kitt, a real feel-good track with a production that reminds me of early 80's uk shows especially Tony Harts "Take Hart"

Contemplate:

The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll by Bob Dylan, an ugly story of privilege, ego and the unjust elite.

Cry:

Into My Arms by Nick Cave, just the perfect love song really.

Laugh:

National Shite Day by Half Man Half Biscuit, "There's a man with a mullet going mad with a mallet in Millets", need I say more.

Want to work out:

Keep on Runnin' by Spencer Davis group, loads of energy on this one.

Reminisce:

Graceland by Paul Simon, always reminds me of falling in love with music.

Relax:

Albatross by Fleetwood Mac, top of my bath-time mix!

Feel Determined:

Many Rivers to Cross by Jimmy Cliff, a lovely melody and lyrically very uplifting for the down times.

Dance:

Superstition by Stevie Wonder, a smoking clav and the funkiest beat ever. Ticks all the boxes.

Rory Lavelle, 18th May 2017, 15:12 PM