Chloe Charles

Chloe Charles

 Berlin, Berlin, DEU
SoloPopExperimental

Expect the unexpected …

Chloe takes us through a labyrinthine soundscape through loss, love and yearning, lust and joie de vivre with her 3 dimensional orchestral romance and a hypnotizing voice reminiscent of Billie Holiday's sultry poise, Adele's intensity, the grit of Amy Winehouse and the courage and mischief of Bjork.

Biography

Expect the unexpected …

Even before the release of With Blindfolds On, Chloe Charles’ sophomore orchestral-soul-pop album received accolades with its opening track, Black & White, winning the 2014 Grand Prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and the Lennon Award for Pop.  Sparsely orchestrated, yet characteristically lush, the vulnerable song Black & White sets the tone for this album’s labyrinthine soundscape through loss, love and yearning, lust and joie de vivre with her 3 dimensional orchestral romance and a hypnotizing voice reminiscent of Billie Holiday's sultry poise, Adele's intensity, the grit of Amy Winehouse and the courage and mischief of Bjork.

When Chloe’s debut album Break The Balance left critics in awe of her magical voice and scratching their heads as to what genre describes her, her mesmerizing sound placed her in a category of her own and landed the album critical acclaim from the likes of Billboard Magazine (one of “Five Canadian Acts to Watch") and Rolling Stone Germany ("pop songs with an introverted beauty of surprising clarity") to a full page spread in London's The Times ("The Next Big Thing In Jazz"), a 4 star rating from Mojo, and The Globe and Mail declaring she is "Toronto's next big singer-songwriter".  She's played the North Sea Jazz Festival, WOMAD, British Commonwealth Games; opened for Rodriguez at London’s Apollo Theatre and Birmingham Symphony Hall, and for Anna Calvi at Paradiso in Amsterdam; and graced the stage on France’s most respected music television program, Taratata. She's also won the 2014 Sirius XM Indie Award for Soul/R&B and the 2012 Harbourfront Soundclash Award, charted #9 on France’s iTunes Rock Chart, #1 on Amazon Germany’s Folk Chart and #9 on their Rock Chart.

With Blindfolds On promises a more mature version of Chloe's dark and light sides.  While Through Your Eyes both mourns the deaths and celebrates the lives of several family members the loss of whom she endured in one brief year, the bright, crispy pop single, Smiling, captures the huge relief and joy of coming through a rough patch in a relationship.  Melancholic or gleeful, Chloe's songs inspire the courage inherent in being vulnerable.  Take Me Naked, for example, is a call for sincerity:  “If I throw away protective facades, meet the world head on, flaws and all, can you still love me?” Indeed, the whole album suggests that we can "see" differently, and more clearly through our vulnerability, stripped of material crutches and props cluttering the view.  And that this seeing "with blindfolds on" can open our eyes to the many faceted and mysterious vistas that lie beneath the surface of things.

Residing between Berlin and Toronto, with 2 bands hailing from Milan, Leipzig and Toronto, Chloe made this album an international project.  With her unshakeable faith she self-produced With Blindfolds On in Toronto at Number 9 Audio Group with trusty engineer Bernie Cisternas (Emily Haines, Maestro, K-OS, Treble Charger) by her side.  But one city was not enough, so on to Berlin to mix the full album and record a little more at the historic Funkhaus Studios (the former East German 135,000 m² radio complex originally designed by Bauhaus architect Franz Ehrlich) with mixing engineer Jean Philipp Dusse (Max Herre, Till Brönner, Apparat, Dear Reader), and then to New York where the single Smiling was produced and mixed by Chris Sholar (Grammy Award Winner, Stevie Wonder, Kanye West). Juggling continents, cultures, sounds, languages, inspirations and differing technical mixing and mastering practices, this album is a feat.  

With Blindfolds On demonstrates the continuing evolution of Charles the person, her music and her predilection for invention.  With this album she challenges herself and her audience to limit our dependence on the material "what is" and experience life intuitively, as in with blindfolds on, to discover "what could be". "Dismiss your fear of stumbling," Charles dares, "Let's play, let's explore!"  For instance, while most of these songs have been characteristically composed with the classical guitar, and you'll savour her recognizably dexterous filigree (Hold Me, Through Your Eyes, Wool Sweater, Run Your Course, Tulip), in others, she rests the guitar to focus on her voice (Black & White, Take Me Naked, Smiling).

Nearing her 1,000 show mark in 11 countries, her 10,000 hours, with her unfathomable voice and range, and a penchant for risk taking, Chloe’s career can do nothing but continue to blossom.


Lyrics

God is a Toad

Written By: Chloe Charles

Faith...Has got me this far...Not by the standards of your god...But in the little things...And in the crickets...And in the toads

Sitting with a bottle that’s draining
Sitting with a bottle of wine
Sitting with a bottle that’s fading
And your gods not mine
Sitting with a bottle that’s draining
Sitting with a bottle of wine
Sitting in a pond that fading
And your gods not mine

Heaven...Can I come to where you are?...But my heavens not yours...It’s in the little things...And in the crickets...And in the little things...That we are
So heaven...When I’m dreaming in the city...Will you bring me...Some sanctuary

Water

Written By: Chloe Charles

If you hit the water...I will take away the trace...Touch your skin to the water...And all your prints will be erased...As I will fall into every single drop...That you displace...In the pools of the water...They will fall into their place

Did I ever tell you
That it matters that you exist
Did I ever tell you
That you
Are my water

As the waters lucid like the fluidity of our fate... Wearing on the creases and the wrinkles of your face... Know I will...Fall into every single drop...That you displace...In the pools of the water...They will fall into their place

The Heavens

Written By: Chloe Charles

The heavens are full tonight
Someone has shaved her thin
And if you look closely
You’ll see she’s transparent

It had to be you
Who tripped on me while passing by

Monotony of beatings
From your abundance of toxins
And it had to be your shoulder
That made the heavens cry

Now the heavens won’t cease
Till she’s empty
So please dance in her storm
For she’s releasing

Soon on a Snowflake

Written By: Chloe Charles

Hey Hey...Just wait till your eyes close...And look out your window

I’m coming to find you...I’ll be there soon...I’m coming to find you...Just look out your window

Drifting on a snowflake
Fall asleep in the snow bank
Drifting on a snowflake
Let the snow take away your cold
Cuz I’ll be there on your eyelash
There on your eyelash

I’m cold...Drifting on this snowflake has chilled me to the bone...Will you make a cup of tea?

Progression

Written By: Chloe Charles

The air that im breathing
Is suffocating my worth
The breath youre releasing
Is toxifying the earth

And I cant find a word of kindness for me
And you cant seem to
Not hate me

I think im short a few hands
I must have lost one in this war against you
I think im short a few hands
How can I keep tally when I have so few

The times that youre sleeping
You should be squirming in your waste
The hours ive spent weaping
for the inheritance of my fate

(chorus X 2)

Salamander Red

Written By: Chloe Charles

The stolen days have wisped away
When the sandman came and snuck through your window
And you glanced to the left and when you looked back
Your time had snuck through that window

So take back what you had
Reclaim your past
Dont dare to look back
Release your past
So take back what you had
Reclaim your past
Dont dare to look back
Release your past
And sail away

He lay by your side and watched your eyes twitch
To the tick tick tock of your alarm clock
Tick tick tick
While pretty memories and melodies sung by your eyelids
Pictures of days
Yourself a younger age
Salamader red
Your eyes opened
Under the bed of the lake
Where you watched the fish play
And held your breath
To say goodnight

So take back what you had
Reclaim your past
Dont dare to look back
Release your past
So take back what you had
Reclaim your past
Dont dare to look back
Release your past
And sail away

What you have
What you have
What you have

Settle in and relax
Let those pictures take you back
Flicker flick flick
Flicker flick flick
Sitting on your hill listening to the frogs
Quietly and still as the woods howl
She was there
She was there
She was there when you were born
Held your hand through this world
From a memory to a reality

So take back what you had
Reclaim your past
Dont dare to look back
Release your past
So take back what you had
Reclaim your past
Dont dare to look back
Release your past
And sail away

Soldier

Written By: Chloe Charles

Since you came
You are less than you were
And since you became
You are what they want

And I am waiting
For you to brave it
And you are praying
Just to be who you are

When we were young
We know who we were
And as we grew older
We became soldiers

And I am waiting
For you to brave it
And you are praying
Just to be who you are

Slowly discretely it comes through
It's sneaky
From being to being

Shall we run away
From the robots we became
Or shall we stay the same
As our younger selves who remain

And I am waiting
For you to cave in
And you are begging
Just to be who you are

Find Her Way

Written By: Chloe Charles


FIND HER WAY

pensive and glaring
shes staring right through me
dreaming and wandering
will she find her way, hey

its the future shes watching
cant quite see the frames
choppy and blurry
scenes are missing
will she find her way

will she find her
will she find her
will she find her
way

the same old story
never in the presentence
the little silence
killed with distractions
will she find her way

Dont think too hard
Cuz you can't force life
That lady you bumped into could one day be your wife
but you're too busy drawing blueprints
to set aside a little time for the present
and a little sweet surprise
a sweet surprise

Will she find her way
Will she find her way
Will she find her way
Will she find her way
Will she find her way
Will she find her way
Will she find her way
Will she find her way

Black And White

Written By: Chloe Charles,Steve Fernandez

Daddy are you listening
Your baby’s gone and grown up
I think there’s something you should know
Your money can’t feed my soul
And diamonds cant be best friends
When you’re searching for love that’s whole

What’s love when there are limits
Why can’t your eyes be colour blind

There’s no black and white no black and white
When you fall inside of love
Pull the curtains wide
No need to hide
And fall inside of love

Daddy did you miss me
When you ran away from home
To raise glasses with Mic Jager while we’re all alone

I just want to be your only girl
Wish you called me more than beautiful
But you’re blinded by the lights that rule your world

You’re love it had a limit
Thank god I cry through my mothers eyes

There’s no black and white no black and white
When you fall inside of love
Pull the curtains wide
No need to hide
And fall inside of love