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Often compared to singular artists such as Kate Bush, David Sylvian and Elizabeth Fraser, Chloë March follows her own independent path, writing, recording and producing all her music from her home studio in south-east England.

Inhabiting musical territory somewhere between art song and folk, dream-pop and electronica, ambient and cinematic, Chloë embraces all these influences to create emotionally charged, poetic and intensely atmospheric songs and soundworlds.

Chloë released her first album ‘Snowdrop’ in 2004, a collection of piano-based songs she had performed in various venues across London and recorded in local studios. Afer touring the UK and Italy as keyboard player with Cousteau she spent three years teaching herself how to record and produce while writing her second album ‘Divining’ (2008). The album was lovingly crafted, themed around water and featured Chloë on piano, her sister Emma Bell on French horn, use of vocal multi-layering and detailed textural electronica and found-sounds. (‘A command of the keyboard reminiscent of Kate Bush, Tori Amos or Nina Simone... Hear the three years of perfectionism’ Tom Robinson BBC6)

Following on from 'Divining' was the EP 'Garden on the Boulevard', the single 'Snow Kiss' and a commission to compose the 40min electro-orchestral soundtrack for Dance/Theatre piece ‘Politik’ performed at the Michaelis Theatre, London. She also worked with German ambient Producer, Jumpel, singing on his 2010 single ‘Edinburgh’ and on four tracks of his 2013 ‘Bloc4’ album.

Chloë's next album was 'Nights Bright Days' self-released in 2013, a cycle of songs as dreams imbued with imagery of darkness and light, night and day and Orpheus. The album embraces elements of jazz, classical, folk and dream-pop, and features guest musicians Ted Watson on bass clarinet and soprano sax, Emma Bell on French horn and Tommy Ashby on guitar. ('Her music's defining sound is her luminous voice, a smoky alto that unfurls like a plume of cigarette smoke, its velvety tone a sensual narcotic.... In a typical song, she bolsters her singing's impact and the music's entrancing potential by accompanying the lead vocal with intricate, multi-layered counterpoint.' textura)

In 2014 she signed with the highly regarded Indie label Hidden Shoal ('this generation's 4AD' DJ Mojo). Hidden Shoal re-released 'Nights Bright Days' in 2014 to glowing reviews. Bundled with the album was a new companion EP 'Under The Day'. Airplay for the album has included BBC6, DR P2 (Danish National Radio), Ottic fm Germany, 2ser Radio Sydney and Radio Eins Berlin.

During 2015 Chloë produced an interpretation of Hidden Shoal label-mate Markus Mehr's ‘Bouy’, released on the EP ‘To Set The River On Fire’, a Remix vs. project that saw Markus Mehr remixing Chloë's track ‘Ember’. She also worked on three vocal collaborations with electronic artist Liminal Drifter, featured on and including the title track of his album 'Troubled Mystic'.

2016 sees a new EP 'The Orpheus Pavement' featuring new song ‘The Orpheus Pavement’, along with two originals from Chloë's acclaimed album Nights Bright Days and three remixes (by Lvmark, Sam Atkin, and Chloë March). Another new EP will follow.

Chloë March's background also includes a Drama Degree and Postgraduate Diploma in Playwriting from Manchester Uni where she composed the music for many theatre productions including Antigone, Barbarians and her one-woman show 'Words In Her Mouth'. Her first play 'Mater Dolorosa' was produced by Theatre Alibi. Coming from a musical family, both parents musicians at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, her Dad a brass-player, her Mum a pianist, both passionate teachers, she started learning piano aged four. Later playing in bands with her brother and spending time in his 8-track home studio sparked a passion for recording, particularly for building up soundscapes with the texture and depth of multi-tracking. This early experimentation forged a passion for the process and a determination to be in control of her own recording.

Chloë’s long, slow discovery of her singing voice has been an odyssey of sorts, gradually finding the confidence and freedom to reveal a jazz-inflected alto that has been variously described as ‘absolutely charismatic’, ‘mesmerizing’ and ‘sensual’.

Musical Influences: Range from the Piano music of Chopin, Beethoven, Debussy and Schumann that her Mother would practice every day, to theatre music and jazz, to Kate Bush, Steve Reich, Everything But The Girl, Peter Gabriel, Joni Mitchell, cocteau twins, David Sylvian, Nina Simone, Goldfrapp, Pink Floyd, Gabriel Yared and back to Benjamin Britten and Vaughan Williams amongst many others.

Commissioning Enquiries/Bookings please contact Chloë at silverthread[@]chloemarch.co.uk

Chloë's music is available for Licensing. Please contact Cam at Hidden Shoal for details: cam[@]hiddenshoal.com www.hiddenshoal.com/licensing

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