Rachel Toups is a musician and visual artist based in Los Angeles. Through haunting, intimate performances and poignant lyrics, Toups' songs elicit themes of memory, loss and wilderness. The child of a military pilot-turned-doctor, Toups was born in Louisiana, but moved frequently throughout her childhood, living throughout the US and in Japan. She received her BFA in New Genres from San Francisco Art Institute. Toups has completed a residency at Prairie Ronde in Vicksburg, Michigan.
Toups began performing original music in San Francisco in 2009. She developed her magical realist approach playing at venues such as the Lab, the Lost Church, Viracocha, and Amnesia. From 2010 to 2011, she was a regular performer at the Mission Arts Performance Project. Rachel Toups has shared bills with such acts as Field Medic, Cookie Tongue, Rose Droll, and Chiara Giovando.
Toups’ work on her album Sundog began in 2015. Drawing from her choral background, the album comprises seven songs for voice and guitar. Recorded in a home studio in Los Angeles, California, with longtime friend Travis Corwin, Sundog is a heartfelt ode to lost love, to the fear of the dark, and to the natural world. It is a fantastical meditation on solitude. Sundog is her first album.Release date: March 8th, 2019