Come gather round and hear this latest lovely; it’s a yearning folk-rocker, paced placidly, harmonies lofting with an ethereal glow – and it’s not afraid to kick out the guitars on that anthemic finish either.
Chloe drops the single, which is very much about the joy and the communing of going to gigs and the chemistry of crowd and performer, in this week when venues finally and cautiously unlock for concerts.
She says: “For me, music can’t fulfil its true meaning without sharing it in a room with others. That is the magic.
“When I’m singing ‘Bodies glow, you’re a work of art’, I’m talking about music lovers together in a room.
“I had a bit of an epiphany while on tour with Jesca Hoop; I realised you’ve either got to let go and enjoy it or go through life never enjoying the moment. This was all because of this beautifully warm reception of the crowd each night and their willingness to take me as I was.”
The album, Where Shall We Begin, closes the chapter on a formative period for the Gloucestershire-born songwriter. After losing her father to depression she embarked on a ten-year-period during which she followed her career path tirelessly whilst also dealing with all the psychological fallout of that passing.
“For me, this album has come out of a decade of hard graft, trying to balance my craft with making a living, whilst taking my time to get it right,” she says: “All whilst dealing with the fallout of a huge bereavement in my most formative years.
“I was finding it hard to work out who I was within this new, alien context of losing a parent.
“These songs are my most inner and deepest secrets. The kind of things I only express to those closest to me, but for some reason in song, I can be open with the world.”
Chloe Foy’s Where Shall We Begin will be released on June 11th digitally, on CD and on vinyl and is available for pre-order now, here.