The Orpheus Pavement

by Chloë March

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This new six-track EP features new song ‘The Orpheus Pavement’, along with two originals from Chloë March's acclaimed album Nights Bright Days and three remixes (by Lvmark, Sam Atkin, and Chloë March).

The Orpheus Pavement is dreamy, slow-motion pop music, pulsating with sensuality. Listening to the EP feels like surreptitiously ingesting laudanum and wandering half-dazed through a secret garden that’s slowly shifting and warping around you. As with so much of Chloë March’s work, it was inspired by the mythical – the largest Roman mosaic ever found in Britain, which depicts Orpheus charming nymphs, tigers and other creatures with his songs. In this instance, the story is just the start, as March’s compositions bloom from reverberating piano and voice into evocative soundworlds that contain multitudes. Two of the songs are further transformed by remixers Lvmark, Sam Atkin, and March herself, into shimmering refractions of their former selves.

Oft compared to singular artists such as Nina Simone, Beth Gibbons and Elizabeth Fraser, Chloë March follows her own independent path, writing, engineering and producing from her home studio in south-east England. Inhabiting musical territory somewhere between art song and folk, dream-pop and electronica, the ambient and the cinematic, March embraces all these influences to create poetic, emotionally charged and intensely atmospheric songs and soundworlds. Lvmark is an electronic music producer hailing from Northern Sweden, drawing influence from the isolation and vastness of his homeland to create echoing electronica. Sam Atkin is a Fremantle-based ambient and experimental producer operating out of his shed-bedroom, who released his debut album Gently, Quietly in 2015 through Workplace Safety CDRs, and has been keeping it slow and sad ever since.

Text: Hidden Shoal

This music is available for licensing. Email Cam at Hidden Shoal for more details: cam[@]hiddenshoal.com
www.hiddenshoal.com/licensing

Many Thanks to Lvmark, Sam Atkin, Cam, Tim, Steve Kitch and to Adam Watson of Brading Roman Villa for kind permission to use the images of Orpheus and the reproduction of original 1880 watercolour of the mosaic in the Artwork and Video for The Orpheus Pavement.

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released March 14, 2016

The Orpheus Pavement, Orpheus At Sea (Chloë March Paradise Mix), Orpheus At Sea, Orpheus Head Written, Produced and Performed by Chloë March

Orpheus Head (Lvmark Remix) Remixed and Produced by Lvmark
Orpheus Head (Sam Atkin Remix) Remixed and Produced by Sam Atkin

Mastered by Steve Kitch

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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: The Orpheus Pavement
The Orpheus Pavement

Waiting underground to be uncovered and seen
Seven times my feet have taken me here to see you
Seven times seen each tiny piece that lies beneath

We dig
We dig
We unearth

The tiger
The Nymph
The dove
I wanted to hear just how
You charmed them all
Into love

We dig
We dig
We unearth

Each tiny piece of colour
Waiting to be seen
The dove, the Nymph, the tiger
Like your lovers
Seven times revealed
Then concealed

We dig
We dig
We unearth


C. March ©
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?

C. March ©
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

C. March ©