The emotionally charged, beautifully crafted and intensely atmospheric songs and soundworlds of Chloë March have been captivating listeners since she released her first album 'Snowdrop' in 2004
“Absolutely Superb” - BBC6 Music
An Independent British composer, singer and producer, Chloë March's highly distinctive and genre-defying music encompasses lush dream-pop, deft art song, evocative multi-layered cinematic electronica and ambient-pop. March’s music has often found a home on BBC6 and airplay also includes Danish National Radio DRP2, Radio Eins Berlin and 2ser Radio, Sydney. In 2014 the highly regarded Indie label Hidden Shoal ('this generation's 4AD' DJ Mojo) re-released her album 'Nights Bright Days' to glowing reviews. Her music continues to be released through Hidden Shoal and her own Powderkeg Records.
At the heart of March's music is her much-lauded velvety alto and an intensely engaging vocal delivery that has been compared to Elizabeth Fraser, Tracey Thorn and Beth Gibbons.
"One of those one-in-a-million voices… Luminous, sensual, seductive… her voice is the key that unlocks an intimate soundworld straddling dream-pop, trip-hop, and electronica.” textura
"Chloë's vocals have a kind of transformative power” Ian Fairholm
"March’s vocals manage to find that difficult balance between elegance, emotion and mystery. A joy.” Leonard's Lair
Chloë March’s fifth solo album 'Starlings and Crows' was released October 2020 on Hidden Shoal/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 ©
'Starlings & Crows' was selected by the highly respected Textura as one of the Ten Best Albums of 2020
"One ultimately less listens to this intoxicating collection than luxuriates in it... No one sounds quite like her, either vocally or musically." The album also featured in 'Best of 2020' from Cannock Chase radio's The Curve Ball, Exile FM's Trust The Doc, Eppy Gibbon Podcast Show and 'Gray Days and Gold'.
Airplay for Singles from the album includes BBC6Music, BBC Introducing, Exile FM and Danish National Radio DR/P2
March's acclaimed album 'Blood-Red Spark' (Hidden Shoal/Powderkeg Records 2017) was nominated for an Independent Music Award in the Best Album: Pop Category 2019. The album was Written, Recorded, Performed and Produced by Chloë March, Mastered by Steve Kitch and features guest musician Geoff Bennett on Guitar.
"Absolutely Superb… A totally extraordinary fourth album” Tom Robinson BBC6 Music
In 'Blood-Red Spark' beautiful ambient/electro-pop soundworlds of warm spaciousness and radiant sensuality are underpinned by a compelling pulse to create a vital heartbeat of an album of emotional concealments and revealments, truth and trickery, loss, longing and desire
"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” Underground of Happiness
Single 'Wild Cherries' from 'Blood-Red Spark' was chosen by Tom Robinson as one of his Top Tunes of 2018 and the album also featured in textura's Top Twenty and The Underground of Happiness Best Of 2017
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. After touring the UK and Italy as keyboard player and backing vocalist 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” BBC6Music
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 third album 'Nights Bright Days' was 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” BBC6Music
"A masterful album” Luna Kafe
"A beautiful, beguiling dreamy and enchanting album... Stunning” Eppy Gibbon Podcast Show
In 2014 March signed with the highly regarded Indie label Hidden Shoal who re-released 'Nights Bright Days' to glowing reviews. Bundled with the album was a new companion EP 'Under The Day'.
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, including the title track of his album 'Troubled Mystic'.
2016 saw a new EP, featuring the title song ‘The Orpheus Pavement’, along with three remixes by Lvmark, Sam Atkin, and Chloë March.
In 2018 March collaborated with Todd Tobias (Guided By Voices, Circus Devils) on their extraordinary album 'Amialluma'. March expanded on Tobias’s original idea of using an invented language palette for the vocals, developing a lyrical world of word-invention sung into archaic lullabies and tales.
"An ambitious project between two ambitious people, creating both musical velvet and musical sandpaper... In its listening, this album will take you to another planet... ” Angry Baby
Other Singles include 'Snow Bird' (2018) and the ambient track 'Glistren' (2020)
"A fresh level of sophistication” Tom Robinson BBC6Music on Snow Bird
"Chloë March rounds off what has been quite some year with winter tune entitled 'Snow Bird'...It finds her voice floating in otherworldly space between swirling synth patterns and cool ambience.... atmospheric and characteristically unique” Trust The Doc
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Chloë March's early childhood was spent in a small village on the borders of Warwickshire and Worcestershire. Her parents were both professional musicians working for the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and passionate teachers and music educators. March started learning the piano aged four and was drawn to improvisation and composing as a teenager. She holds a Drama Degree and Postgraduate Diploma in Playwriting from Manchester University 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.
"I didn't believe in myself as a singer for a long, long time. I sang and recorded my own songs from when I was sixteen and absolutely loved singing when I was little, but I never thought I was a proper singer... I started to have lessons in classical technique and I went on to have five more different teachers, slowly moving from classical to jazz...to finally just working on body/voice. That was over a period of over ten years. Then I stopped having lessons and let myself be a bit less hyper-critical of what I was doing. All of my teachers gave me something invaluable in terms of technique or approach...
I still get very emotional when my songs are played on air; it's an extraordinary experience, almost out-of-body I find... I was moved when the album (Blood-Red Spark) did seem to resonate with people and seems to have connected in the way I'd hoped. My emotion over that has got more intense over time. I also felt a lot of gratitude, for being able to make the music in the first place and for the people it reaches and for how they let me know; it's always made me very emotional to hear when that connection has been made."
Chloë talks about her vocal development, how she approached the 'imagined language' of 'Amialluma', and the emotions surrounding an album release