'Starlings & Crows'
hidden shoal/powderkeg records
"One ultimately less listens to this intoxicating collection than luxuriates in it... No one sounds quite like her, either vocally or musically."
"Exquisite... Gorgeous waltz-time new single"
- Tom Robinson BBC6 Music
"Every note played or sung is placed with jewel like precision"
- Craig Laurance Gidney
Hidden Shoal and Powderkeg Records are delighted to announce the release of 'Starlings & Crows' the stunning new album by English ambient-pop artist Chloë March out on Hidden Shoal and Powderkeg Records
For her fifth album, March drew inspiration from her early childhood in the Warwickshire countryside, nineteenth-century nature poet John Clare, and Lewis Carroll’s fantastical Alice Through the Looking Glass. Throughout the album there’s a palpable sense of wonder at the natural world, shot through with a deep concern for nature’s vulnerability. 'Starlings & Crows' resonates with notions of home on a macro and micro level.
First single 'To A Place' is an elegant waltz built around swooning strings and piano. 'Landing 1969' sounds as astral as its subject matter would suggest, pulsing at the same tempo as Buzz Aldrin’s heart-rate as Apollo 11 left earth. 'Remember That Sky' is achingly emotive, showcasing March’s innate talent for creating an atmosphere of intimacy without compromising compositional depth. Despite running to a succinct 38 minutes, 'Starlings & Crows' is lush and expansive, while distilled to its crystalline essence.
Written, Performed, Recorded and Produced by Chloë March 2020 ©
Mastered by Steve Kitch at Steve Kitch Mastering
Licensing by Cam Merton at Hidden Shoal
Artwork: Chloë March ©
Singles from the album 'To a Place' and 'Remember That Sky' recently featured on BBC6Music and BBC Introducing
Buying at Bandcamp is the most direct way of supporting Chloë's music but it is also at
A fantastic new review of 'Starlings & Crows' at Italy's music site Ondarock
'In truth I find it hard to call Chloë March's work undervalued, because in this case we are faced with a real neglect on the part of critics and audiences...
March's evanescent and refined chamber-pop would not go unnoticed if it were published in the name of more famous artists (for example, Kate Bush or David Sylvian)...
The chamber-folk and dream-pop creations are kissed by an unusual beauty...
The prevailing element is the extreme attention to detail of the arrangements, an element that, combined with the depth and emotional intensity of the refined and never cloying vocal mastery of the author, confirms Chloë March as one of the heirs of the magic of Kate Bush and of the lesser known Heidi Berry and Virginia Astley.' Gianfranco Marmoro Ondarock.it
'Silver Grey City' was written by Chloë for the Charity Compilation Album 'And In the End' organised by Simon Tucker as a Fundraiser for the Help Musicians UK Charity. All 81 Artists donated their tracks to this Bandcamp Album, with every penny (after bandcamp/paypal fees) going to the charity.
'Help Musicians is an independent UK charity for professional musicians of all genres, from starting out through to retirement. They help at times of crisis, but also at times of opportunity, giving people the extra support they need at a crucial stage'
'All Things Good' is the third single to be taken from 'Starlings & Crows'
The song is a delicate and evocative ballad, led by a vulnerable yet strongly flowing melodic vocal over gently propulsive piano. A wish fulfilment and a spell of love and the healing sensuality of the natural world. Streaming at Soundcloud or DL at Bandcamp
Read Chloë's Blog about the origins of the song and how it connects to a song on her previous album 'Blood-Red Spark' here
'Such a great piano player, poet and vocalist... an exceptional performance'
- Tom Robinson BBC6Music The Tom Robinson Show
''All Things Good' is a prime example of what Chloë does so well. The piano develops in waves of alternating, fluid chords that make room for the kind of sumptuous dissonances rarely heard on a pop record... The song is reflective, melancholy and tugs at the heartstrings'
- Neil March Fresh on the Net
'A typically thoughtful, melancholy track, it finds Chloë in fine voice, yearning and soft but assured and dynamic too. The piano part is just wonderful, making use of rich dissonances that you simply do not hear in the great majority of popular music. It underlines her classical background and penchant for creating uniquely ethereal and evocative music. Imagine if Virginia Astley and Kate Bush had collaborated with Erik Satie and Darius Milhaud! All Things Good has all the elements that I love in Chloë’s songs. Quality like this is something to really savour. Music that earns tags like beautiful and mystical. Absolute class.'
'Starlings & Crows' has been selected by the highly respected Textura as one of the Ten Best Albums of 2020 alongside a fantastic review
The album also features in:
Cannock Chase radio's The Curve Ball 'Best of 2020'
Exile FM's Trust The Doc 'Best of 2020'
Gray Days and Gold 'Best of 2020'
Chloë was asked to contribute to Textura's 'Artist Picks' of 2020 ~ Read about a couple of her favourite releases from last year at textura.org
'To a Place', 'All Things Good' and the first movement of Chloë's Dance/Theatre score 'Politik' have all been recently aired these beautiful 'Nightfly' shows out of Copenhagen on Danish National Radio DR/P2 with renowned DJ Katrine Ring.
A brilliantly eclectic late-night show mixing genres to hypnotic and intriguing effect ~ 'To a Place' was aired between Fauré and Tchaikovsky in a playlist that included Johann Johannsson, Ben Harper and Stravinsky. 'All Things Good' is alongside Mahler, Barber, Mikkel Ploug, Tindersticks and 'Politik' between Chopin and Mozart. Highly recommended listening!
Other recent airplay includes:
The Tom Robinson Show on BBC6 Music 'Exquisite.. Gorgeous!' and his BBC Introducing Mixtape
BBC Music Introducing - In The South with Melita Dennett
Exile FM's Trust the Doc shows with DJ Neil March'Chloe March is back and boy what a talent she is!'
The Curve Ball with Chris Evans on Cannock Chase Radio FM 'A real warm bath in vocals, harmonies and textures'
Eppy Gibbon Podcast Show with Ian Fairholm 'it's really beautiful stuff'
Sydney's 2ser Curved Radio
Gray Days and Gold with Mark Griffin
Huge Thanks to Katrine, Tom, Melita, Neil, Chris, Ian, mr.K and Gayle and Mark for their support for the new album!
Some lovely reviews of 'Starlings & Crows' album and singles are coming in. Read them in full on the Press Page
All of the Lyrics of 'Starlings & Crows' are now up on this site
'Remember That Sky', the second single released from 'Starlings & Crows' is shimmering and smoky, with a dark, velvety vocal tracing a melodic line over drifting and evocative lush synths. Achingly emotive, it showcases March’s innate talent for creating an atmosphere of intimacy without compromising compositional depth. Free Download at Bandcamp
'To A Place', the first single from 'Starlings & Crows' is an elegant waltz built around swooning strings and piano. A bittersweet song of missing a loved one, of falling into a place of memory and imagination. Featuring subtle broken trumpets and beautiful descending vocal lines it's a song of beauty, disquiet and longing.