Kath Bloom

Kath Bloom

"Bloom sounds like a woman who has spent years in the wilderness... An earthy, unpretentious presence, she can snap a heart like a twig" - Pitchfork

"One of the most beautiful singers ever. Heartbreaking." - Devendra Banhart

Devastating songwriting." – NPR

Pass Through Here is a new album from Connecticut folk icon Kath Bloom, her first for five years.

Beginning to perform in the late 70s, Kath is renowned for her 80s private-press recordings with avant-garde guitarist Loren Connors, as well as signature tune Come Here from the soundtrack to Richard Linklater film Before Sunrise. Over the last 35 years, she has come to be revered around the world for her devastatingly emotional song-writing. Devendra Banhart has called her “one of the most beautiful singers ever,” while Pitchfork says “she can snap a heart like a twig.”

Chapter brought Kath’s music to a renewed audience with solo com-pilation Finally in 2005 and new album Terror in 2008, as well as reissues of four of the six Kath/Loren albums as double CD sets. Then in 2009, Chapter released celebrated tribute album Loving Takes This Course, featuring covers by the likes of Bill Callahan, Devendra Ban-hart, Josephine Foster and Mark Kozelek.

Since then, Kath has recorded for Mark Kozelek’s Caldo Verde label, including Thin Thin Line (2010) and 2012 EP Here I Am.

For Pass Through Here, Kath 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. It’s a distinctive new sound for Kath, uplifted by floating synthesizers and disembodied choruses, while retaining the direct simplicity and power for which she is loved.

Kath 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 idiosyn-cratic and touching, while Shirt Off Song is an anthem to the wayard men in her life.

Songs are recorded in just a few takes, vocals are captured 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 her craft.

The Mountain Movers

Watching the Mountain Movers progression over the course of the past decade has truly been a treat. Their earliest beginnings saw the band documenting Dan Greene’s vast catalog of songs, while displaying a rotating cast of New Haven musicians’ unique skills. The band produced three albums and several singles of polished indie rock in this incarnation. However, their fourth album, 2010’s Apple Mountain, saw the band transition to stranger territory; home-recorded and employing an arsenal of miscellaneous instruments, the record bore a folk-psychedelic element not displayed on their previous work. Shortly after Apple Mountain, constant members Greene and Rick Omonte were joined by lead guitarist Kryssi Battalene and drummer Ross Menze to form, what is now, the bands longest running lineup. The band has since produced a series of singles, lathe-cuts, cassettes, and 2015’s Death Magic, an album that melded Greene’s song writing with the bands ability to stretch out and improvise. Now in 2016, Sunday Drive / No Plans gives the first glimpse into the Movers’ session at former drummer John Miller’s home studio. Two instrumental improvisations clocking in at just under 20 minutes that bring to mind names like Neu! and Ash Ra Tempel, as much as they do any number of American psychedelic acts of the 1960’s. A wonderful preview of what promises to be one of the most stunning albums of 2016.

Jason Prince

Jason Prince is a singer/songwriter from the New Haven area of CT. He grew up in a household steeped in music, and says "there was always music on...my heroes have always been musicians, specifically songwriters." Raised on various forms of American roots music: rock and roll, southern rock, blues, and country (and later punk rock and hardcore), the template was set for what would later become his distinctive style of American folk music. Influences can, at times, be broad, but easily narrowed down to early Bob Dylan, Townes Van Zandt, Tom Waits, Elliott Smith, Willie Nelson and Leonard Cohen. Jason is currently finishing up recording for his next record, "Love is a Storm and a Bottomless Well." A summer 2013 release can be expected.


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