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"'Snowdrop' - an album burning with inner beauty"

The effusive mood of the atmospheric ‘Perfume and Woodsmoke’ starts invocatively then spreads luminously as Chloë’s majestic voice arches skyward. ‘The Light Room’ is a pensive reflection in voice and piano solo, fittingly so, with uninsulated emotion; the spare beauty comes through…

Much is to be said about Chloë’s musical tapestry, most prominently it’s visual/cinematic quality. The lyrical imagery and flow, the harmonic coloration, the depth of rhythmic undertow - are all geared towards presenting the intensity of conditions and states of the mind – an inner theatre made tangible by sound.

- www.juliansflight.com


"Hear the three years of Perfectionism'"

‘All too often the phrase ‘classically-trained pianist’ makes your heart sink... but songwriter Chloë March has a command of the keyboard more reminiscent of Kate Bush, Tori Amos or Nina Simone. She released her solo album ‘Divining’ last November on her own label Powderkeg Records and in that track ‘Written on Water’ you can hear the three years of perfectionism she put into making it.’ - Tom Robinson BBC6 Music Radio


"Ms March is a more pastoral Kate Bush"

Electronic dreampop with dashes of jazz and artsong. One woman band March crafts an ethereal song cycle based around water imagery, using the intricate minimalism of Steve Reich, layers of sparkling keyboards and her deep, sensual alto. Ms. March is a more pastoral Kate Bush. It's the sort of music that would accompany a movie version of Wuthering Heights (as directed by Peter Greenaway) - thenewgay.net


"'Snowdrop' - a thing of Beauty"

English singer Chloë March has a gorgeous voice and a way with writing great songs. The song "Diamond Skin" evokes eighties singer Virgina Astley. There's also a trace of David Sylvian's jazz-tinted sound. Emma Bell's French horn adds a delightful touch."Snowdrop" continues the sophisticated songwriting. March's clear voice and the air of melancholy in this song are just lovely. "The Fisherman's House" is an evocative tale. The utterly gorgeous melody and March's singing are exceptional. "Dog-Rose" is a minimalist song in the vein of Sylvian's "September". March's voice and a piano are all we have here and all there needs to be.

"Snowdrop" is a thing of beauty and a bright future must beckon for Chloë March.



- collectedsounds.com


"A mesmerizing voice"

It’s a world that everyone can see and touch… but to hear it’s secret metamorphosis to music you must be invited. ‘Divining’ is the invitation. A collection of reflections set to the most imaginative assemblage of a mesmerizing voice and artfully filtered sounds.

- JuliansFlight.com


"Wow, this is a beautiful record"

Wow, this is a beautiful record.

March has a voice that blends perfectly with the lush arrangements and intricate piano tinkling. It can be soft almost whispery, and also full and clear.

There is quite a lot going on here musically. The aforementioned twinkly piano, but there are also according to her bio: “marimbas, harp, strings and shimmering beats with French horn, found sounds of paper, glass, and wind chimes.” I really enjoy songs that incorporate many layers and instruments (if paper is an instrument, and heck, why not?) and this is a perfect example of this method done right.

Stand out songs: Written on Water, Sea Bell and title track, Divining.

Seeing as this whole album was inspired by water, it’s no surprise that this is perfect for those cold, rainy days spend under a blanket with tea and a book (and if you’re lucky a dog or cat curled at your feet.)



Review by Amy Lotsberg Producer of Collected Sounds

- Collected Sounds


Discography

Divining ~ Album 2008
Snow Kiss ~ Christmas Single 2008
Snowdrop ~ Album 2004

Streaming 'Snowdrop' Artist Feature on www.juliansflight.com/index-Set2.html

Radio Play for tracks from Divining:

'Written on Water' BBC6 Music - Tom Robinson 'Introducing'
DandelionRadio.com - Independent London Radio inspired by John Peel - Mark Whitby's show

'Ice Release' - homegrown radio - U.S. New Jersey Radio - 'sher delight' show

Radio Play for 'Snow Kiss':
NetteRadio.com
Juliansflight.com
dandelionRadio.com
homegrownradionj.com

Snowdrop tracks played on neverendingwonder.com, and U.S college radio, bluebird.

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Bio

Independent Songstress Chloë March has a gorgeous voice and a wonderful talent for writing evocative and beautiful songs. She writes, arranges, performs and produces all her own work and spent three years crafting her latest album ‘Divining’ (released Nov. 2008), which she began in 2005 after touring Italy and the U.K as keyboard player with Cousteau. A pianist who started playing aged four and who has composed music for theatre and dance companies, Chloë uses her powerful musical imagination to weave cinematic harmonies, found-sounds, lushly-layered vocals and beats into compellingly atmospheric songs.

A gift for poetic lyric-writing gives a depth, an undertow of melancholy, to the beauty of Chloë’s work. Influences would include Kate Bush, the pet shop boys, Jane Siberry, kd lang, Imogen Heap, Goldfrapp, the cocteau twins, Steve Reich, Vaughan Williams, David Sylvian and film music composer Gabriel Yared. Vocally she has been compared to Elizabeth Fraser and Vashti Bunyan with a clear purity in her high register and an honest fragility in the lower. Also hugely influential on her work is a deep connection to the British landscape and to myth, archetypes and folk-tales – themes that often appear in her songs.

An album inspired by water, ‘Divining’ journeys through captivating soundscapes of soft summer rain, sensuous drowning Venice, dark rivers of loss, spacious sunlit reveries, tales of a sadistic sculptor, a lament for Anne Boleyn, melting ice-dryads and one earthy resentful wolf. An intense attention to detail within intricate multi-tracking, gorgeous harmonic shifts and beautiful vocals make up an absorbing and beguiling album from an assured artist of great integrity. ‘A mesmerizing voice and artfully filtered sounds’ (juliansflight.com) Tracks have been featured on BBC 6 Tom Robinson 'Introducing', DandelionRadio.com, NetteRadio.com and HomegrownRadioNJ.com

Other releases include the Christmas Single ‘Snow Kiss’ (2008) and the album 'Snowdrop' (2004) (‘Utterly Gorgeous!’ collectedsounds.com)

Gigs have included a 2hr set of original songs with a 12-piece band for the Guildford International Music Festival, solo appearances at The International Symposium for Women in Music, The Ambient Green Picnic, the Kashmir Klub and Windsor Arts Centre.

Gigs with Cousteau included live tv for 'Musicultura' festival - Recanati, ‘Roma Incontra Il Mondo’ - Rome, ‘Roccerrosse’ -Sardinia, ‘No Borders Festival’ - Tarvisio, ‘Wuotstock Festival’ - Arpino, ‘Experimenta Festival’ - Alberobello, Puglia. U.K gigs included The Borderline and Bush Halls - London, King Tuts - Glasgow, Life Cafe - Manchester and performances for BBC Radio.