Waves Are Universal

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Waves Are Universal
Waves Are Universal (Rachel Goswell album) cover art.jpg
Studio album by Rachel Goswell
Released June 14, 2004
Recorded 2004
Genre Folk rock, singer-songwriter, dream pop
Label 4AD (CAD 2414)
Producer David Naughton
Rachel Goswell chronology
The Sleep Shelter EP
Waves Are Universal
Professional ratings
Review scores
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Pitchfork Media 6.8/10 [3]
Rolling Stone Positive [4]
Stylus Magazine C [5]
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Waves Are Universal is the debut solo album from former Slowdive and Mojave 3 singer/bassist Rachel Goswell. It was produced by David Naughton, and released by 4AD on June 14, 2004 in the UK and June 22, 2004 in the US. The album was recorded after production and touring for Mojave 3's album Spoon and Rafter resumed. The songs "Plucked" and "Sleepless & Tooting" appeared on Rachel's EP The Sleep Shelter, released prior to the album in May 2004, and both "Coastline" and "Plucked" were remixed and featured on a special single released in February 2005. [7] Waves Are Universal was released to generally positive reviews, receiving an overall 66% positive rating on Metacritic. [8]

Slowdive band

Slowdive are an English rock band that formed in Reading, Berkshire in 1989. The band consists of Rachel Goswell on vocals and guitar, Simon Scott on drums, Neil Halstead on vocals and guitar, Nick Chaplin on bass and Christian Savill on guitar. Several other drummers also briefly played with the band, including Adrian Sell, Neil Carter and Ian McCutcheon. Halstead is the band's primary songwriter.

Mojave 3 band

Mojave 3 were a British rock supergroup consisting of Neil Halstead, Rachel Goswell, Simon Rowe, Alan Forrester, and Ian McCutcheon. Goswell, Halstead and McCutcheon previously played in Thames Valley shoegazing band Slowdive.

Rachel Goswell British singer-songwriter

Rachel Ann Goswell is an English singer-songwriter and musician who rose to prominence as vocalist and guitarist of the shoegaze band Slowdive, which formed in 1989. Goswell, along with Neil Halstead, Ian McCutcheon and former Chapterhouse member Simon Rowe became Mojave 3 when Slowdive transitioned to a more country/folk rock style. She released a solo album in 2004, titled Waves Are Universal on 4AD Records.


Track listing

  1. "Warm Summer Sun" – 3:45
  2. "Gather Me Up" – 2:24
  3. "No Substitute" – 4:36
  4. "Deelay" – 4:13
  5. "Plucked" – 3:08
  6. "Hope" – 3:52
  7. "Coastline" – 5:43
  8. "Shoulder the Blame" – 3:06
  9. "Save Yourself" – 3:59
  10. "Thru the Dawn" – 3:09
  11. "Beautiful Feeling" – 3:27
  12. "Sleepless & Tooting" – 3:01


  1. "Warm Summer Sun"
    • Rachel Goswell – vocals, accordion, squeeze box
    • Joe Light – acoustic guitar, 12-string guitar
    • David Naughton – dumb bass, fuzz bass, 12-string guitar, shaker
    • Bill Drake – piano
    • Jerome Farrell – uilleann pipes
    • Ashley Bates – drums
    • Ambiences: Lostwithiel church bells and Chislehurst Caves

    William Derek Drake is an English musician, keyboardist, pianist, composer and singer-songwriter. He is best known as a former member of the cult English rock band Cardiacs, whom he played with for nine years between 1983 and 1992. He has also been a member of The Sea Nymphs, North Sea Radio Orchestra, Nervous, Wood, Lake of Puppies and The Grown-Ups, as well as pursuing a career as a solo artist. He is a distant cousin of the English singer-songwriter Nick Drake.

    Chapterhouse band

    For the religious buildings, see Chapter house

  2. "Gather Me Up"
    • Rachel Goswell – vocals, acoustic guitar
    • Bill Drake – harmonium
    • Jerome Farrell – low D whistle
    • Ashley Bates – ding
    • Mother Nature: Lostwithiel birds and ambience
  3. "No Substitute"
    • Rachel Goswell – vocals, claps
    • Joe Light – acoustic guitar, 12-string guitar, electric guitar
    • David Naughton – bass, shaker, tambourine, claps
    • Ashley Bates – drums
    • Bill Drake – piano
    • Ambience: St Merryn airfield
  4. "Deelay"
    • Rachel Goswell – vocals
    • Joe Light – acoustic guitar, swell guitar, rhythm guitar, ebo guitar
    • David Naughton – bass, accordion, shaker, tambourine, guitar knock, heartbeat
  5. "Plucked"
    • Rachel Goswell – vocals
    • Joe Light – acoustic guitars
    • David Naughton – caved Wurlitzer, string arrangement
    • Jeremy Perl – cello
    • Bronwyn Stride – violin
    • Ambiences: Chislehurst Caves and Thai insects
  6. "Hope"
    • Rachel Goswell – vocals
    • Joe Light – acoustic guitars
    • David Naughton – bass, percussion
    • Bill Drake – harmonium
    • Lynne Jackaman – bangles
    • Ambiences: Camden Road and Chislehurst Caves
  7. "Coastline"
    • Rachel Goswell – vocals, rhythm guitar, lead guitar
    • Joe Light – slide guitar, guitar effects
    • David Naughton – bass, 12-string guitar, bongos
    • Ashley Bates – drums, tambourine, lion's roar
  8. "Shoulder the Blame"
    • Rachel Goswell – vocals
    • Joe Light – bass, acoustic guitar, arch top slide guitar, lead guitar
    • David Naughton – pot, letterbox bells
    • Mother Nature: Thai waves
  9. "Save Yourself"
    • Rachel Goswell – vocals, acoustic strum guitar
    • Joe Light – acoustic guitar, electric guitar
    • David Naughton – harmonium
    • Bill Drake – piano
    • Ashley Bates – drums
  10. "Thru the Dawn"
    • Rachel Goswell – vocals, acoustic guitar
    • David Naughton – shaker, vibraphone
    • Melanie Shallenberg – flute
    • Mother Nature: rain
  11. "Beautiful Feeling"
    • Rachel Goswell – vocals, acoustic guitar, accordion
    • Jeremy Perl – cello
    • Richard Lane – violin
    • Michael Perl – violin
    • Reiad Chiba – viola
  12. "Sleepless & Tooting"
    • Rachel Goswell – vocals, snare drum
    • Joe Light – bass, main guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bongos, shaker, low hit
    • David Naughton – mini Spanish guitar, rain stick, ethnic tambourine, ride cymbal
    • Bill Drake – Hammond organ
London Borough of Camden Borough in United Kingdom

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Tooting district of South London, England

Tooting is a district of South London, England, forming part of the London Borough of Wandsworth and partly in the London Borough of Merton. It is located 5 miles south south-west of Charing Cross.

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  2. 26 June 2004 issue, pg.55
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