Inhabiting musical territory somewhere between art song and folk, dream-pop and electronica, ambient and cinematic, British composer/singer/producer Chloë March embraces all these influences to create emotionally charged, intensely atmospheric songs and soundworlds. Her highly distinctive and genre-defying music has often found a home on BBC6 and airplay includes Danish national radio DRP2, Radio Eins Berlin and 2ser Radio, Sydney. At the heart of March's music is a much-lauded jazz-inflected alto that has been compared to many other artists, from Goldfrapp to Tracey Thorn and Beth Gibbons. 'Chloë's vocals have a kind of transformative power' Ian Fairholm ' 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....' textura 'March’s vocals manage to find that difficult balance between elegance, emotion and mystery. A joy.' Leonard's Lair
Chloë March 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 March 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.
March'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. ('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 'absolutely gorgeous' Tom Robinson BBC6 'a masterful album' Luna Kafe 'a beautiful, beguiling dreamy and enchanting album... Stunning' Ian Fairholm)
In 2014 March 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 March 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 March'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 saw a new EP 'The Orpheus Pavement' featuring new song ‘The Orpheus Pavement’, along with two originals from her acclaimed album Nights Bright Days and three remixes (by Lvmark, Sam Atkin, and Chloë March).
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 her one-woman show 'Words In Her Mouth'. Her first play 'Mater Dolorosa' was produced by Theatre Alibi. She started learning piano aged four and grew up in a big family in a small village on the borders of Warwickshire and Worcerstershire, daughter of musicians who both worked for the RSC.
Commissioning Enquiries/Bookings please contact Chloë March: silverthread[@]chloemarch.co.uk
All music is available for Licensing. Please contact Cam at Hidden Shoal for details: cam[@]hiddenshoal.com www.hiddenshoal.com/licensing
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