Superb review of new album 'Blood-Red Spark' at textura
'Chloë March's many strengths are on full display throughout her fourth full-length Blood-Red Spark... One of those one-in-a-million voices that could make even the most pedestrian lyric feel like cause for rapture. That being said, as integral as her vocalizing is to the album's impact, Blood-Red Spark would hardly merit a recommendation if the songs and arrangements weren't compelling, too.... March shares with a small number of other female vocalists—Anne Garner, Trish Keenan, Elizabeth Fraser, Tracey Thorn, and Susanna Wallumrød come to mind—a vocal delivery that's never less than alluring. Luminous, sensual, seductive—all such epithets apply to March's singing; whether presented as an unadorned lead or as harmonizing choir, her voice is the key that unlocks an intimate soundworld straddling dream-pop, trip-hop, and electronica...'
The album also appears in The Underground of Happiness Best of 2017alongside some formidable artists including Goldfrapp, St. Vincent, Bedouine, This is the Kit and Camille.
'The latest album by Chloe March is another heady trip through electro pop but really that tag doesn't do justice to the range of expression. The air is thick with atmosphere throughout and March is a masterful creator of mood.....Stunning rarefied synth compositions topped with layers of her remarkable voice. A beautiful sound, somewhere between The Blue Nile and David Sylvian' the underground of happiness
'Neo classical torch toned wooziness... ghost lit tenderness... amid the glow of noir... We are much minded of an unusually vulnerable Jane Weaver sweetly shimmering in the grooves' The Sunday Experience
'Simplicity and intimacy seem to be the key words of the work, which however doesn't contradict the refined expressive dimension of Chloë March, muse of expansive dreampop enchantment.' music won't save you
'Chloe March knows her way around a beautiful melody and perfectly placed dynamics, ('Let It All In) is dream pop-esque with a dash of electronica and it’s rather delightful. The best music often falls between the gaps of definition, not in one box or another but proudly sitting in the borders, Chloe’s music does that and it’s all the better for not being easily pigeonholed.' Johnno Casson Fresh on the Net
Airplay for 'Blood-Red Spark' has included the tracks 'Orchardie' and 'Let It All In' appearing on DR/P2 'Nightfly' shows with renowned Danish DJ Katrine Ring 'Chloë March makes music beyond genres. The music is versatile and poignant...Her productions mix beautifully pop music and electronica as well as classical music. That's unusual and enriched, and that is why her productions are so appreciated at my show the Nightfly aka Natsvaermeren'
New Album 'Blood-Red Spark' Out Now
Hidden Shoal and Powderkeg Records are proud to announce the release of 'Blood-Red Spark' the new album by British dreampop artist Chloë March.
In her fourth album, Blood-Red Spark, March continues her exploration of a rich musical seam in which songwriterly storytelling and imagistic soundscape meet. Beautiful ambient/electro-pop soundworlds of warm spaciousness and radiant sensuality are underpinned by a compelling pulse - a vital heartbeat of an album of emotional concealments and revealments, truth and trickery, loss, longing and desire.
'Stunning rarefied synth compositions with layers of her remarkable voice... A beautiful sound, somewhere between The Blue Nile and David Sylvian' the underground of happiness
'March makes music beyond genres. The music is versatile and poignant... ' Danish DJ Katrine Ring DR/P2
'Neo classical torch toned wooziness... ghost lit tenderness... amid the glow of noir... We are much minded of an unusually vulnerable Jane Weaver sweetly shimmering in the grooves' The Sunday Experience
For more info please go to the Album Page
New Single 'Let It All In' Out Now
'Let It All In', the first single from March's new album 'Blood-Red Spark' due for release 8 December 2017, distills the emotional magnetism that March brings to all her work into an intense shot of magic and liquid melancholy. The song is written, performed and produced by Chloë March, Mastered by Steve Kitch and released through Hidden Shoal and March's own label Powderkeg Records.
New Liminal Drifter remix album 'The Night Train Vacancies'
Ten reinterpretations by different artists of Australian ambient electronica artist Liminal Drifter's debut album 'Troubled Mystic' (which included three collaborative tracks with Chloë).
'The Night Train Vacancies' is RTRFM's local feature album this week (28.08.17) and the gorgeous Erik Nilsson remix is already on the SBS Chill playlist.
'Troubled Mystic is a deck of musical cards, each one it's own kind of cool' Hypnagogue
Full Release info at Hidden Shoal
Free Downloads! Starting with Chloë's own remix of her piano/vocal song 'Orpheus At Sea' - 'Orpheus At Sea - Chloë March Paradise Mix'. This Remix is taken from 2016 EP 'The Orpheus Pavement'. The original song was on the album 'Nights Bright Days'. The download is at Soundcloud or below
'Isn’t this quite heavenly...longingly haloed in delirious dissipates and dreamy dissolves tripped in neo classical jazzy swirls and a floaty dub draped detailing which by these ears had us imagining a studio summit meeting pooling together the mercurial talents of Heather Duby, Grimes and Musetta.' 'the sunday experience'
Chloë's Remix of the Slow Dancing Society track 'Be There' is released on the album 'Eat Your Friends', released by Hidden Shoal to celebrate ten years of the label.
The Australia-based label Hidden Shoal celebrates its 10th year of existence with the new compilation album Eat Your Friends, comprising remixes and covers of Hidden Shoal artists, by Hidden Shoal artists. The album is available now as a free download from Hidden Shoal’s BandCamp
Eat Your Friends not only showcases the wealth of original music released through Hidden Shoal, but also the creative ingenuity and deft musical touch of the remixers and cover artists. From searing solar-flared adaptations to delicately reconstructed covers, deep space jam reworkings, and shimmering ambient tapestries, Eat Your Friends reimagines the Hidden Shoal discography in new and beautiful ways, playing to all the strengths of the roster’s dizzying array of talent.
Includes remixes and covers by: Antonymes, Arc Lab, Glanko, Wayne Harriss, Liminal Drifter, Makee, Chloe March, Markus Mehr, Erik Nilsson, REW<<, Slow Dancing Society, Tin Manzano, Willem Gator, and Zealous Chang of music by: Arc Lab, Brother Earth, Cheekbone, City of Satellites, Medard Fischer, Gilded, Glanko & Daniel Bailey, Kryshe, Memorybell, Erik Nilsson, perth, Slow Dancing Society, Tangled Star, Umpire, and Zealous Chang.
Some new solo piano music from Chloë: 'Left'
Chloë's latest vocal collaboration is with American instrumental soundscaper Todd Tobias (Circus Devils, Guided By Voices producer) on four tracks of his new album 'Gila Man', released through Hidden Shoal and Tiny Room Records.
'Each Todd Tobias solo album presents its own discrete, surreal world – and Gila Man is no exception. A wordless musical novella that merges a psychedelic Western with shadowy science fiction, Gila Man simultaneously evokes the wide-eyed wonder of discovery and the creeping dread of what horrors may lurk around the next corner. Featuring the stunning wordless vocals of English songwriter and fellow Hidden Shoal artist Chloë March, the album is at once beautiful and unsettling – and a wonderful distillation of the magical qualities of Tobias’s previous musical outings.' For more info and how to buy CD/Download go to Hidden Shoal
Or head straight to Bandcamp to listen and download. Here's a taster...
'The Orpheus Pavement' on The Tom Robinson show on BBC6 alongside tracks from The Orb, David Bowie and Brian Eno: Listen Again
'Orpheus At Sea' aired on a beautiful, evocative 'Nightfly' show on Danish national radio DR P2 presented by DJ Katrine Ring ~ the playlist includes Arvo Pärt, Wagner, John Cage, Purcell, Maria Callas and Frank Sinatra Listen Again
Today sees the release of Chloë's new six track 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).
FREE or Pay What You Like DOWNLOAD of Single 'The Orpheus Pavement'
'The Orpheus Pavement is dreamy, slow-motion pop music, pulsating with sensuality. Listening to the EP feels like surreptitiously ingesting laudanum and wandering half-dazed through a secret garden that’s slowly shifting and warping around you. As with so much of Chloë March’s work, it was inspired by the mythical – the largest Roman mosaic ever found in Britain, which depicts Orpheus charming nymphs, tigers and other creatures with his songs. In this instance, the story is just the start, as March’s compositions bloom from reverberating piano and voice into evocative soundworlds that contain multitudes. Two of the songs are further transformed by remixers Lvmark, Sam Atkin, and March herself, into shimmering refractions of their former selves.' Hidden Shoal
Also released today is Chloë's hypnotic, hallucinatory Animation for 'The Orpheus Pavement':
(Image of Orpheus mosaic and reproducion of original 1880 watercolour used by kind permission of Brading Roman Villa)
Chloë's music is on The Best of 2015 List at The Underground of Happiness alongside Low, Kathryn Williams and Deradoorian:
Remix EP with Markus Mehr ‘To Set The River On Fire’ Best of 2015 at Igloo Magazine:
The Mercury nominated C Duncan's Guest Mix for Tom Ravenscroft on BBC6 Music included Chloë's ‘Café Des Poètes’ from ‘Nights Bright Days’ alongside tracks from Björk, Thundercat, Deerhoof and more... Listen Again at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06qnl0l
A lovely write-up of ‘Old Tree, Mon Coeur’ at s
‘May’ featured on Tom Robinson's BBC6 Introducing Mixtape: http://www.bbc.co.uk
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.’
Reviews of ‘May’ at The Sunday Experience and The Modern Folk of America. The track is also a Featured Download and Video at Textura this month.
‘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
NEW VIDEO for 'May'
Chloë's new video for ‘May’ is released today through Hidden Shoal. The video is made by Chloë with Post Production by Cam Merton.
‘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
Chloë describes the inspiration behind the track: ‘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! Chloë collaborates 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
Stream and Download at
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
Today sees the release of a Chloë's vocal collaboration 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
The Sparkling Ground is Chloë's 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. '
The Sunday Experience review 'Orpheus Head' Single
‘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
'Orpheus Head' 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
‘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.’
'Le Lonely Roi' from Nights Bright Days, featured on Berlin's Radio Eins Late Night Lounge this month, as did both remixes from 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 Nights Bright Days and Chloë remixing Mehr's ‘Buoy'.
‘ - 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
Free Download from Bandcamp the EP also includes both original tracks.
Full press release at 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.’
Hidden Shoal releases Chloë's single and new video for ‘Orpheus Head’ today.
‘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 Chloë talking to Cam Merton about some of her favourite Soundtracks and includes some insights into her own writing and musical background.
‘Eucalyptus Night’ is on the ‘Best of 2014’ round-up at The Underground of Happiness ‘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’
The first movement of Chloë's Politik score was played on Danish National Radio (DR P2) on the Nightfly show alongside music by Olafur Arnalds, Henry Mancini, Ravel, John Williams, Purcell and Brahms‘an unbelievable piece of work’ Mario Ruß)Politik is a 40min Dance/Theatre commisioned score for 'realPolitik', a Dance/Theatre piece performed at the Michaelis Theatre, London. The piece is electro-acoustic, has four movements and an Interlude (aired on OKNordhausen FM in November (
Danish DJ Katrine Ring will be playing more of Chloë's 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’ from 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)
‘Winter Deep’ was on The Tom Robinson Show on BBC6 as a highlight from his mixtape. His comments on Hidden Shoal re-releasing Chloë's album: ‘a good thing, as you can hear there, it's absolutely gorgeous’ ~ Listen again here
The whole of Chloë's album Nights Bright Days was played on German radio station Offenen Kanal Nordhausen FM on Mario Ruß's ‘No Wave’ show. He also gave the Audience Interlude from Politik a spin ~ Danke Mario!
This week also sees ‘Ember’ playing on the Curve Ball show on Stafford Radio played by DJ Chris Evans alongside Real Ones, Poppy Ackroyd and Pink Floyd - the mixtape is here
From the author of Chloë's very first online review for her first 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 Chloë's 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 all the re-release news at Hidden Shoal
A great review of Nights Bright Days 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 Again
‘Why make music?’ is one of the fine questions Chloë was asked over at the Hidden Shoal website for their latest ‘3 Questions’ feature. Michael Fassbender, Goldfrapp and Anthony Minghella all feature in the 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 Chloë's 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!
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
Chloë has signed 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’.
The album ‘Nights Bright Days’ self-released by Chloë winter 2013 will be re-released through Hidden Shoal on November 4th, 2014 with an accompanying Bonus EP to celebrate signing with the label.
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 Chloë's 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
Chloë was Soundclouder of the Day with the track ‘Old Tree, Mon Coeur’: 'dreamy voice... a magical, atmospheric song'. Tumblr page here