Nights Bright Days

by Chloë March

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Poetic, dreamy and engaging, ‘Nights Bright Days’ was originally released by Chloë in winter 2013 and is now re-released Nov 4th 2014 by Indie Label Hidden Shoal who she recently signed with.

‘Nights Bright Days’ is Chloë's third album and the second that she has written, performed, recorded and produced herself.

Four years in the making, the album began in November 2009 in a tiny, freezing holiday cottage in the bleak and beautiful Suffolk town of Aldeburgh.  Inspired by the cold full moon hanging over the sea, Chloë decided the album would be about the Night and Metamorphosis.  Four years later the album itself had transformed into a cycle of songs as dreams imbued with imagery of darkness and light, night and day and glimpses of Orpheus.

The album embraces elements of jazz, classical, folk and dream-pop, and features guest musicians on bass clarinet, soprano sax (Ted Watson), French horn (Emma Bell) and guitar (Tommy Ashby). ‘Nights Bright Days’ features the single ‘Winter Deep’, a shimmering waltz that opens the album with weightless grace.

The singles ‘Ember’ and ‘Winter Deep’ have both featured on Tom Robinson's BBC6 Introducing Show during 2014. Both were picked for the Introducing Mixtape and voted through to Fresh Faves on Tom Robinson's blog Fresh on the Net. Other tracks from ‘Nights Bright Days’ have been regularly played on the Danish National Radio DR P2 ‘Nightfly’ shows and have had airplay on The Underground of Happiness, Dandelion Radio, Future Radio, Ottic FM Germany and Channel Radio.

'Hidden Shoal (are) re-releasing that album which is a good thing as you can hear there, it’s absolutely gorgeous…’ Tom Robinson, BBC6

‘Entrancing artpop’ – textura

‘Musical witchcraft... Beauty is in the ears of the beholder and these ears behold beauty’– bluesbunny

‘Arresting sleepy headed woozy baroque folk dreaminess..... spell crafting all manner of enchantment’ – the sunday experience

‘Shimmery timeless quality’ – Von Pip for fresh on the net

‘Chloë March’s voice has a quality of intimacy and distance held at a delicate tension’ – the modern folk music of america

‘A stunning raw and emotional minimalism’ – Shell Zenner for fresh on the net

For more info please go to chloemarch.co.uk
For all Licensing Enquiries please contact cam[at]hiddenshoal.com

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released November 4, 2014

Vocals/Piano/Programming: Chloë March
Soprano Sax/Bass Clarinet: Ted Watson
Guitar: Tommy Ashby
French Horn: Emma Bell
All songs Written & Produced by Chloë March
Mastered by Steve Kitch

With many heartfelt thanks to: The wonderful Cam Merton, Ted for such beautiful playing and amazing generosity; My wonderful sister + french-horn-player extraordinaire Emma for understanding + pep-talks (klinkenhuden!); Tommy for the gorgeous playing, Joe Dürbeck for the Cinematique Instruments, Ann Stott, Gordon Hartley-Bennett and all friends online for the encouragement + support. And, as ever, thanks again Chris Mark, my love

For Orpheus, wherever, however....

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Chloë March London

Producer, Composer, Singer and Pianist. Poetic, immersive, sensual soundworlds, dreampop and artsong. Independent Artist on Hidden Shoal label. Recent airplay on BBC6, Danish National Radio, Radio Eins Berlin. Dance/Theatre scores inc. 'Politik'. Collaborations inc. electronic artist Liminal Drifter. Commission enquiries contact Chloë at link below. Licensing Enquiries: cam[at] hiddenshoal.com ... more

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Track Name: Winter Deep
Winter deep is this secret I keep
Thorns catch at my clothes
And some want to knock me down

But I know how many are the stars
But I know how many are the stars
When I see your face

Silent blackbird on midsummer day
In roses in ruins from days of rain
And who knows when
I’ll be wanted again

But I know how many are the stars
But I know how many are the stars
When you touch me

I’m bound by this dream
Always more hidden than seen
I’m wayward with my time
I fight it or it’s never quite mine
Bound by this dream

Always more hidden than seen

But I know how many are the stars
When you touch me

How many are the stars
Track Name: Cafè Des Poétes
The mirror behind your table
Gives you the perfect view of you
Your conversation like smoke
Heady and confused

I don’t remember your best lines
But they were all about love
And how our bodies were intricately designed
To move with the signs from above

And now I stand outside
In the counterglow
From all those years ago

The faces around your table
Alight with the light from you
Protect you from the dark in the glass
That sometimes calls for you

But you’re safe here
In the endless now
Heady and confused
Track Name: Boho Night
Are you so certain there’s nothing wrong?
You look so tired
This can’t go on

Let’s go revisit some dreams we had
There’s a picture in a magazine
Of a little house in San Fransisco
Where we could live
Let’s go revisit some dreams we had

Oh there’s a wide road we could ride
Without looking back

Let’s go revisit some dreams we had
Morrocan lamplight in the courtyard shimmering
Let’s go revisit some dreams we had
Track Name: Eucalyptus Night
She never knew the night could be so warm
Back home too many winters have frozen her to the bone

But here on the other side of the world
She starts to move
She starts to unfurl

Under an astonishing sky
In the heavy Eucalyptus air
She lets down her long white hair

Luxurious night
Her body free in the silver light
She becomes her life
She becomes
She becomes her life
Track Name: Orpheus Head
I seem to be unfolding a corner of my mind
Encouraged through these heady fields
By a voice you throw behind
My body’s drawn to follow you
My heart begins to slow
I know where you’re leading me
You’re leading me deep below
I can’t see you
But I hear you

You’re in my head, you’re in the ground beneath my feet
You’re in my head, and I’m in your hands ‘til
The everlasting deep
I can’t believe you’ve come to me

I seem to be inviting the shadows of my mind
To gather round and walk with me
To the place you always find
My body’s full of heavy shade
My heart begins to slow
I know where you’re leading me
You’re leading me deep below
Track Name: Ember
The icy night is at my back
The heat is in your smile
We stand around a bonfire on the ice
It’s a slow start
A snow spark
An all-enveloping arms-around-me hold
And suddenly I know
There’s an ember in my heart

The icy night is at my back
My feet stand on the river
And nothing moves
Except me and you

I’ll let the ash cover me when you leave
Like black snow
‘Cos I already know
There’s an ember in my heart
And this ember in my heart
Will set me free
Track Name: Le Lonely Roi
Le lonely Roi
Seulement all alone

Magnify these rooms
See the habits ingrained
La la la
Le lonely Roi
Seulement all alone

I have no prescription
I have only useless tenderness
Richness in the abundance of my eternal unrest

I will carve shapes of such peculiarity
No-one will know me

Magnify these rooms
See the habits ingrained
See how I’ve disgraced the family name

I will be unearthly
Readjustments will be made

La la la
Le lonely Roi
Seuelement all alone
Track Name: Eurydice On The Underground
Watching in the half-light
For the moon to fall
I follow it down
As I walk through town
And go through it all again

Did I put on a good face?
Did I take you to the right place?
Is it time to forget?

Walk away
That’s enough now

What’s yours is yours

Waiting in the half-light
For my mind to fall
I follow it down
Down to the underground
Where I go through it all again

What’s yours is yours
What’s mine is mine

Walk away
That’s enough now

Take me down
This time it will be me who turns around
I’ll raise my eyes from the ground
Track Name: Orpheus At Sea
I see him lit up
His head thrown back
His face turned to the sun

Balanced in the boat
His fingers float
Translating the air into sound

Oh would he see, would he turn, would he see me?
Forever in the slipstream of Orpheus
Of Orpheus at sea

I followed him on land
Where the sound from the kicking of his feet
Rang through the earth so deep
His shoulders without weight
His hands heavy with fate
His mouth a call from Paradise

Oh would he turn, would he turn, would he see me?
As close as I dare
With an ear to the air
Is this me
With Orpheus at sea?
Track Name: Sunless
I remember your skin
Used to glow like honey
You were spun gold in salt
Your feet miraculously resting on mine

Wave after wave
Takes me unawares
Wave after wave
Takes me to the place where
Everything you taught me
Was in the curve of your neck
Everything you showed me
I said I’d never forget

You were the spinning sun
To everyone
The sun
Sun
Sun
Sunless is my day

Wave after wave
Takes me unawares
Wave after wave
Takes me to the place where
Everything you taught me
Was in the curve of your neck
Everything you showed me
I said I’d never forget

You were the spinning sun
Track Name: Dream Swim
A sunken pool
So clear in the run-down shade

I’m not allowed to be here
But I’m hidden from view
From everyone but you

You watch from the shade
Come on in
Step by step
Let’s go down
Feel the cool on your skin
Come on in
Let’s go down
Come on in

Come in with me
Track Name: Owl
I’ll keep very still
And close my eyes
Anything I do will take them by surprise

I hear them talking
They’re all around me
It’s mob rule and I’m not quite right
I’ll fly with the owl
With the owl owl owl owl owl

If I wanted to I could fight you
With the owl owl owl owl owl

We don’t care how many tongues talk
We don’t care how many faces look
We have our own hiding places
I hear them talking
They’re all around me
It’s mob rule and I’m not quite right

I’ll fly with the owl
With the owl owl owl owl owl

If I wanted to I could fight you
With the owl owl owl owl owl
Track Name: Heartsleep
I think you know

I think you know what it’s like
Like there’s nothing left
The only cure
Let your heart
Sleep

I dreamt of my baby
So still
I dreamt of my baby
Inside me
So still

I think you know
What it’s like
When you’re empty

The only cure
Let your heart
Sleep
Track Name: Sometimes The Dark
When she falls
I fall too
Into the night
These are the nets that I seem to like

Sometimes the dark
Gives me back to myself

I fall back through the day
Watching myself through everyone else
Held in the nets
Bound by stealth

Sometimes the dark
Gives me back to myself

Sometimes the dark
Gives me back
Track Name: Unlit
I wait for the right time
Wait in the broken light
My shoulders tight
Nothing about me quite right

Stay
Don’t make we wait
Something here
Something’s gonna break

Three lanterns fly by my window
Three candles in the room
I don’t light
My hands tired of the fight

Stay
Don’t make we wait
Something here
Something’s gonna break

Mmm…