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Artist: BLOOM, KATH
Title: Finally
Format: CD
Label: Chapter Music
Country: Australia
Price: $15.00
"Kath Bloom is a fifty year old American legend of folk, country, blues and avant-garde music, but very few people have ever heard of her. She has been making records since the late 70s, and has had her music featured in the movie Before Sunrise by Richard Linklater (starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy), but since 1984 has released no new material of her own bar a few self-distributed cassettes and CD-Rs. The daughter of world-renowned oboist Robert Bloom, Kath was born and raised in New Haven, Connecticut, where she trained as a cellist. However, she soon gave away formal musical education for the acoustic guitar, which she taught herself over long afternoons spent among the tombstones of her local cemetery. After a brief romance and musical collaboration with journeyman songwriter Bruce Neumann, she met avant-garde guitarist Loren Mazzacane Connors in 1976, teaming up with him for a series of now highly sought-after recordings of traditional blues and folk songs and Blooms originals. Some records were released in editions of as few as fifty, most no more than 200 copies, until the duo released their swansong Moonlight in 1984. While Connors astounding solo work from that time has been compiled into a four CD set by Sonic Youths Thurston Moore, Bloom and Mazzacanes duo recordings still languish in un-re-released obscurity, except for a single CD compilation that is now almost as hard to find as the original LPs. Although Chapter Music, unfortunately, cannot help in that regard, it can present a compilation of Kath Blooms heartbreaking, lovelorn and remarkably beautiful songs recorded since the early 90s, when after a period of child-rearing, family life and daily financial struggle, Kath began to return to the studio. These are songs recorded on the fly in friends lounge rooms or cut-rate studios, but they reveal a mother-of-three songwriter as accomplished and affecting as any of her more hallowed colleagues such as Lucinda Williams, Gillian Welch or Hazel Dickens. In the mid-nineties US director Richard Linklater stumbled across her music and used the song Come Here in Before Sunrise, but despite an initial flurry of interest, little came of the exposure and Kath soon returned to domestic obscurity. Ten years later, perhaps Kath Blooms moment has finally come, and one of the best singer/ songwriters of the last 25 years will be accorded some long-overdue recognition." - Chapter Music.

Artist: BLOOM, KATH
Title: Pass Through Here
Format: LP
Label: Chapter Music
Country: Australia
Price: $18.00
"Pass Through Here is the first album from Connecticut folk icon Kath Bloom since 2010s Thin Thin Line, which was released on Mark Kozeleks Caldo Verde Records. Since she began performing in the late 1970s, Bloom has become renowned for her 80s private press recordings with avant-garde guitarist Loren Connors, particularly her signature tune "Come Here," which was featured in Richard Linklaters film Before Sunrise (1995), and has come to be revered around the world for her devastatingly emotional songwriting. Devendra Banhart called her "one of the most beautiful singers ever," and Stephen M. Deusner, reviewing 2010s Thin Thin Line for Pitchfork, wrote, "she can snap a heart like a twig." Chapter Music brought Blooms work to a renewed audience with the solo compilation Finally in 2005 and the studio album Terror (CH 061CD) in 2008, as well as reissues of four of her six albums with Connors as double CD sets (CH 063CD, CH 065CD). Then in 2009, Chapter released the celebrated tribute album Loving Takes This Course, featuring covers of Blooms work by the likes of Banhart, Kozelek, Bill Callahan, and Josephine Foster. For Pass Through Here, Bloom travelled far from her Connecticut home to record in California with a coterie of freewheeling west coast folk rock types, including engineer Jeff Hassay and fellow performer Levi Strom. Its a distinctive new sound for Bloom, uplifted by floating synthesizers and disembodied choruses, while retaining the direct simplicity and power for which she is loved. Bloom faces turbulence head-on in "Criminal Side," while "Let the Music Come" condenses her 60-something years of music-making into two incredibly affecting minutes. "Bubble Bath" is Kath at her most idiosyncratic and touching, while "Shirt Off Song" is an anthem to the wayward men in her life. Recorded in just a few takes, her vocals are raw and honest, but the overall impression is as masterful as it is ramshackle. For Kath Bloom, music has never been about finesse, but always about feeling. Pass Through Here is emotional, uplifting, haunting, and heartwarming songwriting from a master of the craft." - Chapter Music.

Artist: BLOOM, KATH
Title: Pass Through Here
Format: CD
Label: Chapter Music
Country: Australia
Price: $16.00
"Pass Through Here is the first album from Connecticut folk icon Kath Bloom since 2010s Thin Thin Line, which was released on Mark Kozeleks Caldo Verde Records. Since she began performing in the late 1970s, Bloom has become renowned for her 80s private press recordings with avant-garde guitarist Loren Connors, particularly her signature tune "Come Here," which was featured in Richard Linklaters film Before Sunrise (1995), and has come to be revered around the world for her devastatingly emotional songwriting. Devendra Banhart called her "one of the most beautiful singers ever," and Stephen M. Deusner, reviewing Thin Thin Line for Pitchfork, wrote, "she can snap a heart like a twig." Chapter Music brought Blooms work to a renewed audience with the solo compilation Finally in 2005 and the studio album Terror (CH 061CD) in 2008, as well as reissues of four of her six albums with Connors as double CD sets (CH 063CD, CH 065CD). Then, in 2009, Chapter released the celebrated tribute album Loving Takes This Course, featuring covers of Blooms work by the likes of Kozelek, Banhart, Bill Callahan, and Josephine Foster. For Pass Through Here, Bloom travelled far from her Connecticut home to record in California with a coterie of freewheeling west coast folk rock types, including engineer Jeff Hassay and fellow performer Levi Strom. Its a distinctive new sound for Bloom, uplifted by floating synthesizers and disembodied choruses, while retaining the direct simplicity and power for which she is loved. Bloom faces turbulence head-on in "Criminal Side," while "Let the Music Come" condenses her 60-something years of music-making into two incredibly affecting minutes. "Bubble Bath" is Bloom at her most idiosyncratic and touching, while "Shirt Off Song" is an anthem to the wayward men in her life. Recorded in just a few takes, her vocals are raw and honest, but the overall impression is as masterful as it is ramshackle. For Kath Bloom, music has never been about finesse, but always about feeling. Pass Through Here is emotional, uplifting, haunting, and heartwarming songwriting from a master of the craft." - Chapter Music.

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