Wishing a Very Happy and Creative 2016 to all!
I'm excited to say that a pretty special EP project is on it's way to be released next month ~ seems that I'm not quite finished with Orpheus yet....
My music made it to some Best of 2015 Lists ~ ‘Old Tree, Mon Coeur’ at The Underground of Happiness, in some amazing company including Low, Kathryn Williams and Deradoorian:
and my Remix EP with the brilliant Markus Mehr ‘To Set The River On Fire’ at Igloo Magazine:
I only have a few Limited Edition ‘Nights Bright Days’ CD's left! If you order one before the end of December 2015 then you will also receive a FREE CD Single of ‘Snow Kiss’. The album is beautifully packaged and includes all lyrics and my original photography. To order please go to Bandcamp
The wonderful Mercury nominated C Duncan's Guest Mix for Tom Ravenscroft on BBC6 Music included my song ‘Café Des Poètes’ from ‘Nights Bright Days’ alongside tracks from Björk, Thundercat, Deerhoof and more... Listen Again is at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06qnl0l
The Underground of Happiness has a lovely write-up of ‘Old Tree, Mon Coeur’
‘May’ featured on Tom Robinson's BBC6 Introducing Mixtape:
A new review of ‘Nights Bright Days’ album at Leonard's Lair:
‘Attention to production detail is matched with fascinating storytelling.... Bathed in magical beauty, ‘Winter Deep’ sees March cast as the female equivalent of C Duncan, with whom she shares a cool, breathy vocal and a penchant for dreamy arrangements... March’s vocals manage to find that difficult balance between elegance, emotion and mystery... Aural bliss.’
‘May’ has received a couple of great reviews at The Sunday Experience and The Modern Folk of America. The track is also a Featured Download and Video at Textura this month, keeping some wonderful company there.
‘Ice sculptured neo classicist dream folk at its most pristine and perfect and sheer heart breaking and humbling to boot.’ the sunday experience
‘...mesmerizing...’ the modern folk of america
I'm delighted to say that the new video I've made for my song ‘May’ is released today through Hidden Shoal. The video has post production from the brilliant Cam Merton and has been a project I've loved working on.
‘Hidden Shoal is proud to present the beautiful new music video for ‘May’ by Chloë March, taken from her Under The Day EP. There’s a wistful echo of Satie in Chloë March’s ‘May’. The restraint of the piano performance and March’s sweetly forlorn vocal are accompanied by images of spring blossoms, birds and dappled sunlight, creating a deep sense of beauty and longing.’ Press Release Page at Hidden Shoal
‘May’ was partly inspired by the name of a flower: ‘Miss Willmott’s Ghost’. I had a powerful image of a woman in a garden, waiting in a beautiful dawn half-light, on the same day every year. I couldn’t decide if she was a ghost herself, or if she was waiting for a ghost, but I knew I wanted to write a song about her.
Liminal Drifter's new album ‘Troubled Mystic’ out now! I've collaborated on three of the songs on the album: ‘Heartbeat Of Your Soul’, ‘Troubled Mystic’ and ‘Dark Sunlight’
‘Drawing on the seminal Warp releases of the ’90s, including Black Dog, Plaid and early Autechre, as well as more contemporary peers, Liminal Drifter evokes a spectrum of emotions across beautifully detailed electronic tapestries. Moving from downtempo dream-pop to shimmering, spacey electronica, this suite of songs works as if by osmosis, gently irradiating your subconscious.’ Hidden Shoal
For more info please go to www.hiddenshoal.com/liminal-drifters-stunning-debut-released
Review of Liminal Drifter's ‘Troubled Mystic (Feat. Chloë March)’ at Luna Kafe:
‘...a thrilling and teasing track of icy coolness and perfectly tempered charm. You can see/hear the link, or musical relation towards, backwards to the trip-hop of the 90s/early 00s, such as Massive Attack’ Luna Kafe review
Recent airplay for the track includes:
Eclectic and always fascinating radio show out of Sydney with Gayle and mr.K, Curved Radio on 2ser:
Another great show out of Cork from The Underground of Happiness:
Today sees the release of a vocal collaboration I've been working on with Australian electronic artist Liminal Drifter. The single 'Troubled Mystic' is the title track from the new album due for release 19 August. The track 'punctuates a bright, shuffling groove with golden swells of brass and an aching vocal from Chloe March' and is released through Hidden Shoal. For a free download and full press release please go to hiddenshoal.com/liminal-drifter-troubled-mystic-feat-chloe-march
and listen to it here!
The Sparkling Ground is my first Mixtape, made for Hidden Shoal.
Songs that sparkle and songs that evoke a powerful sense of place and often both things combined in the same song. I’m fascinated by melancholy and rapture in song and the way the two play with each other. A lot of this music is fairly new to me, music I fell in love with once I’d finished my own album, but there are some old friends here too, artists who have had and still have a profound effect on me, both as a listener and a writer. Hope you enjoy this sparkling sound-trip.
‘Ember’, from my album ‘Nights Bright Days’, played on Sydney's 2ser Radio, Curved Radio Show. Many Thanks to mr. K and Gayle!
And, keeping some amazing company including Nina Simone, Rheinhardt & Grappelli and Aretha Franklin, my track ‘Boho Night’, also from the album, on the wonderful Curved Radio again:
The Sunday Experience review my Single ‘Orpheus Head’:
‘Orpheus Head’ is one of those rare sublime occasions where the configurations collide and converge in elegiac grace to craft something both enchanting and spellbinding where sophisticat night pop blended upon the distantly vague vestiges of folk, soft soul and down tempo electronica gather to arrest and seduce... Utter bliss in a word’ the sunday experience
Single Reviewed at Crackling Vinyl:
‘March’s dream pop like approach to her craft, which also dips into the worlds of ambient electronica and folk, is clearly evident during this near five minute ethereal experience... March’s soft vocal delivery floats rather effortlessly over the song’s multiple instrumental textures, as well as its driving – yet at times still tender – tempo. There is more than a hint of the Cocteau Twins on this track, which in itself is another reason to check it out!’ crackling vinyl
‘Nights Bright Days’ at Number 7 in Eppy Gibbon Podcast Best of 2014!
‘incendiary and seductive’ ~ Remix EP ‘To Set The River On Fire’ Reviewed at Igloo Mag
‘Mehr took March’s “Ember” and turned it into a multilayered, futuristic and electrifying beast. The track surges forward savagely, throbbing and twisting, but Mehr has beautifully preserved the caressing expressive charm of the original, in fact, he even intensified it. It’s a cutting edge, erratic sonic roller coaster bursting with electricity, craftiness and otherworldliness. An absolute stunner. March, on the other hand, has set a different kind of fire in Mehr’s minimalist ambient river, “Buoy,” a mystical and slightly dark fire that burns slowly and sensually.’
Another song from my album ‘Nights Bright Days’, Le Lonely Roi, featured on Berlin's Radio Eins Late Night Lounge this month, as did both remixes from my Remix EP with Markus Mehr ‘To Set The River On Fire’ .
In the first of a new ongoing ‘versus’ remix series the Hidden Shoal label have released the EP ‘To Set The River On Fire’. The series will feature two Hidden Shoal artists remixing each other’s work and this first EP sees German experimental artist Markus Mehr remix ‘Ember’ from my lastest album and me remixing ‘Buoy’ from his.
‘ - it's an auspicious pairing. his feel for sonic textures is a great match to chloe's instrumental sensibilities and gossamer voice, which is unique and beautiful.... especially cool is when she steps into markus' tune 'bouy'. her voice inhabits the spaces he creates.’ the modern folk of america
It's been an intriguing, challenging project to work on and a first for me. You can stream or download the results (Free Download) from Bandcamp ~ the EP also includes both original tracks.
To read the full press release please go to Hidden Shoal
‘ chanteuse chloe march has released a second spaced out music video from her excellent current album, 'nights bright days'. this new tune, 'orpheus head', is a crystalline ballad of obsession that has chloe creating strange sonic spaces with deep synthy instrumentals and many layers of her mesmerizing voice that sounds frosty and warm simultaneously. her music is a signature blend of classic pop, electronica, and psychedelia that you are unlikely to hear elsewhere.’
I'm delighted to say that Hidden Shoal releases my single and new video for ‘Orpheus Head’ today.
From the label website:
‘We’re excited to announce the gorgeous new single and music video for the Chloë March song ‘Orpheus Head’ taken from the 2014 re-release of her album Nights Bright Days. ‘Orpheus Head’ is pure, sensual dream-pop. Its hypnotic pulsing rhythm, arpeggiated keyboards and swelling synths provide the perfect backdrop for March’s stunning vocals.’
The latest ‘Sound and Scene’ feature over at the Hidden Shoal website sees me talking to Cam Merton about some of my favourite Soundtracks.
It was really hard to narrow it down, but I did manage to and it was fantastic to talk about four of the soundtracks I love. I also talk a bit about my own writing and background. You can read the full article here: www.hiddenshoal.com/sound-scene-chloe-march
‘Eucalyptus Night’ is on the ‘Best of 2014’ round-up at The Underground of Happiness ~ thanks Conor O'Toole :) ‘A gorgeous chamber piano miniature with shades of Ryuichi Sakamoto, another singular Hidden Shoal release last year... That piano basically, I could listen to it all day’
Thanks for visiting and hope all is well,
~ in music, Chloë x
The first movement of my Politik score was played on Danish National Radio (DR P2) a few weeks ago - listen again here - a lovely Nightfly show that includes music by Olafur Arnalds, Henry Mancini, Ravel, John Williams, Purcell and Brahms. Politik is a 40min piece I was commissioned to compose for a Dance/Theatre piece performed at the Michaelis Theatre in London. The piece is electro-acoustic, has four movements and an Interlude, which was also aired on OKNordhausen FM in November (‘an unbelievable piece of work’ Mario Ruß)
Danish DJ Katrine Ring will be playing more of my music over Christmas and New Year on the Natsvaermeren shows ~ if you'd like to keep an ear out for those the Show's web page is here: www.dr.dk/p2/natsvaermeren
‘Eucalyptus Night’, a song from my album Nights Bright Days, was included on another gorgeous show from The Underground of Happiness ~ DJ Conor O'Toole broadcasting great music from University College Cork 98.3fm every week! Listen again to the show, which also includes tracks from Serge Gainsbourg, Adrian Crowley, A Winged Victory For The Sullen, East River Pipe... here (‘...drifting dream music... another wonderful magic carpet ride...’ Conor O'Toole)
My Huge Thanks to everyone for your support for my music this year :-) Thanks so much for listening, downloading, playing and sharing and for buying CD's!
There are some really exciting and surprising things coming up in my musical firmament early in 2015 ~ sign up for my mailing list if you'd like early info on these, or check the facebook, twitter ... or this page for updates
Very Best Wishes to all and a very Happy New Year!
‘Winter Deep’ was played on The Tom Robinson Show on BBC6 as a highlight from his mixtape. His comment on Hidden Shoal re-releasing the album was ‘a good thing, as you can hear there, it's absolutely gorgeous’ ~ to listen to this show again please click here ~ my song is about 1hr 5mins in.
The whole of my album ‘Nights Bright Days’ was played on German radio station Offenen Kanal Nordhausen FM on Mario Ruß's ‘No Wave’ show, an amazing first for me! He also gave the Audience Interlude from my Politik soundtrack a spin which was great to hear ~ Danke Mario!
This week also sees ‘Ember’ playing on the wonderful Curve Ball show on Stafford Radio played by DJ Chris Evans alongside Real Ones, Poppy Ackroyd and Pink Floyd - the mixtape is here to listen to.
From the author of my very first online review back for my album ‘Snowdrop’ comes a lovely write-up of ‘Nights Bright Days’ ~ thankyou Anna Maria Stjärnell at Luna Kafe :)
4th November 2014
Today the Hidden Shoal label re-release my album ‘Nights Bright Days’ along with a FREE Bonus EP, ‘Under The Day’, a set of 6 new daydreams that form a miniature B-side to the album. The album is available as a beautiful digi-pack CD with a 6-page pull-out booklet including all lyrics and as a download in all digital formats. Both options are at Bandcamp to stream/buy. The EP is also a digital download ~ please head to Bandcamp to pick up your free copy! See the re-release news at Hidden Shoal
A great review of the album has been published over at Velvet Independent:
‘Sixteen blissful, piano fused tracks, that remain pure and maintained throughout this smooth, piano focused LP’ (full review)
‘Orpheus Head’ from the album is on Stafford radio's Curve Ball show this week ~ this great show, including music from Jack Bruce and Dutch Uncles is on mixcloud
Also getting more airplay this week is ‘Eucalyptus Night’ ‘glorious dream pop, perhaps with a debt to Ryuichi Sakamoto’ on the wonderful The Underground of Happiness again this week: Listen Here
‘Why make music?’ is one of the fine questions I had a go at answering over at the Hidden Shoal website for their latest ‘3 Questions’ feature. Michael Fassbender, Goldfrapp and Anthony Minghella all feature in my replies. To read on... please go to hiddenshoal.com/three-questions-with-chloe-march
‘Winter Deep’ is on the Tom Robinson Mixtape this week on BBC6 Music (27th Oct) ~ the podcast is here
‘Arresting sleepy headed woozy baroque folk dreaminess’ said The Sunday Experience about the single (full review) and from Blues Bunny:
‘March uses her musical witchcraft to cast a spell that turns all that would be wistful into something hypnotic... The overall effect here, however, is not stuporific but instead curiously uplifting as if the mesmerising effect were a mystical salve for the troubled spirit. Beauty is in the ears of the beholder and these ears behold beauty.’ full review
Prior to their re-release of my album ‘Nights Bright Days’ (Nov 4th 2014) Hidden Shoal have relesaed my single ‘Winter Deep’: ‘a shimmering waltz that opens the album with weightless grace’ For Free Download/Streaming of the song please go to bandcamp. For the full Press Release please visit Hidden Shoal.
‘Winter Deep’ was voted through to Fresh Faves over at Tom Robinson's Fresh On The Net Blog ~ Big Thanks to everyone who voted! Here's what Von Pip said about the song:
‘Subtle and understated is a good thing although it often takes a few listens to let the music seep in and reveal itself. Which is exactly what Chloe March‘s Winter Deep does. It got a shimmery timeless quality and is possibly not one for death metal fans on a sugar rush’
The single has also had a lovely write-up at The Modern Folk Music of America:‘Chloë March's voice has a quality of intimacy and distance held at a delicate tension...’
‘Winter Deep’ was Tagesleid ~ Song of the Day ~ at the guthoerenistwichtig blog
I'm incredibly delighted to announce my new signing with the wonderful Independent label Hidden Shoal ('this generation's 4AD' New York radio host DJ Mojo). Hidden Shoal pride themselves on their diverse and lovingly curated catalogue of music and have built a reputation for releasing exciting and engaging new independent music ‘not bound by genre’. I'm really proud to be joining their ship and sailing with such great fellow musicians and music-lovers.
The album ‘Nights Bright Days’ that I released winter 2013 will be re-released through Hidden Shoal on November 4th, 2014 with an accompanying Bonus EP to celebrate my signing with the label.
Much of my music is now available for licensing through Hidden Shoal ~ for more information please visit hiddenshoal.com or contact Cam Merton: cam[a]hiddenshoal.com
Earlier in 2014
Tracks from ‘Nights Bright Days’ have been featuring regularly on Danish National Radio (DR P2) with the brilliant and eclectic DJ Katrine Ring who plays an intriguing and glorious mix of music on her ‘Nightfly’ shows (similar to Radio 3's Late Junction). To hear my music played in these lovely shows alongside the likes of Ravel, Agnes Obel, Jordi Savall, Lou Reed, Johnny Greenwood, Bryce Dessner, Faure, Mozart, Mendelssohn and Carl Orff please follow the links below:
‘Ember’ was voted by the public onto the top 12 Fresh Faves at fresh on the net (‘a stunning raw and emotional minimalism’ : Shell Zenner, Amazing Radio DJ), chosen for Tom Robinson's handpicked BBC6 Mixtape and featured on The Tom Robinson Show on BBC6. You can listen to the Mixtape podcast here
I was very proud to be Soundclouder of the Day ~ with my track ‘Old Tree, Mon Coeur’ ~ 'dreamy voice... a magical, atmospheric song' :) Thanks so much to everyone who liked and shared! You can see the Tumblr page here