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Clare Bowditch


Country of origin:

Australia

Type of music generally:

Folky alternative pop

Status:

Most recent release, The Winter I Chose Happiness (2012)

See also:

Clare Bowditch's site

Wikipedia's entry for Clare Bowditch

Comparisons:

Ane Brun, early Jane Siberry

Covers/own material:

Own

General comments:

I think she sounds quite like Jane Siberry at times, at other times completely reminds me of (sadly missed) Shelby Starner. Definitely worth checking out! (Sherlyn.Koo)

Recommended first album:

Autumn Bone or The Moon Looked On

Recordings:

As Clare Bowditch and the Feeding Set

As Clare Bowditch and the New Slang

  • Modern Day Addiction (2010)

As Clare Bowditch

  • Are You Ready Yet? (2011)
  • The Winter I Chose Happiness (2012)

Autumn Bone

Release info:

2004—CLABOW003

Availability:

Unknown

Ecto priority:

Recommended

Group members:

Clare Bowditch—vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar
The Feeding Set:
     Libby Chow—French horn
     Marty Brown—drums, eletric guitar, singing bowl, banjo, Rhodes, percussion, cello, ceiling fan, violin-zither, pump organ, casio, xylophone/casio, piano, electric guitar, ship bell
     J. Walker—erhu, Rhodes, electric guitar, viola, strings sample
     Warren Bloomer—bass

Guest artists:

Adrian (Homer) Holmes—
Andrew Crean—harmonica (7)
John Hedigan—special acoustic guitar (8)
Mark Shephard—double bass (1, 5)
Peggy Frew—bass (3, 4, 8, 11)
Peter Cohen—double bass (10)

Produced by:

Martin Brown

Comments:

"Autumn Bone" is remarkable, and sounds like absolutely nothing else around. Very acoustic, but with an almost "vintage" sound in places, french horns and all. Very highly recommended; it's one of those rare Ecto-friendly albums that gets mass plaudits from the music media and results in constantly sold-out live shows. (ahoran@ozemail.com.au)

The title track epitomizes the sound that first drew me to Clare Bowditch's music—it's a perfect mixture of minor key energy, haunting and yet lilting. She does that a lot of this album—catchy minor tunes with with tiliting melodies that make my ears perk up. (Neile)


What Was Left

Release info:

2005—Capitol/EMI (Australia)

Availability:

Wide in Australia

Ecto priority:

Recommended

Group members:

Clare Bowditch—guitar, vocals, hand-claps
The Feeding Set:
     Warren Bloomer—bass, backing vocals, hand-claps
     Marty Brown—drums, saron, Casio, percussion, organ, piano, phantom Vietnamese instrument, string arrangements, pump organ, violin-zither, electric guitar, singing-bowl, banjo, fender rhodes
     Libby Chow—French horn, backing vocals, hand-claps
     Danny Rogers

Guest artists:

J. Walker—electric guitar (1, 2, 5, 6)
Myfanway Alderson—viola (3, 8, 9)
Peter Cohen—musical saw (12)

Produced by:

Martin W. Brown

Comments:

it's great. (Sherlyn.Koo)

My two favourite tracks here are the first, "Starry Picking Night" and "When I Was Five" about a sister who died. Not that the other tracks are bad—they're superior folky/pop, but just a little samey amongst them. (Neile)


The Moon Looked On

Release info:

2007—EMI (Australia)

Availability:

Wide in Australia

Ecto priority:

Recommended

Group members:

Clare Bowditch
The Feeding Set:
     Marty Brown—drums, whistles
     Warren Bloomer—bass, backing vocals
     Libby Chow—Frech horn, backing vocals
     Timothy Harvey—electric guitar, backing vocals

Guest artists:

Athonay Atkinson, John Hedigan, Phil Romeril, Paul "Floyd Thursby" Gillet, Boy Harvey—male choir
Ian Collard—harp
Paul WIlliamson—sax
Mick TUrner—special guitar
Alister Barker, Chien-Hsui Wung, Alastair Watts, Caerwen Martin—cello
Zoltan Balazs, Jason Bunn, Andrew Crean, Ceridwen Davies, Stuart Johnson—viola

Produced by:

Marty Brown

Comments:

This one is further along the pop stream than the two previous albums. Fun and lively. I have the version with the accompanying "campfire version" disc—just Clare Bowditch and her guitar—and these really highlight how terrific the songwriting is here. Each song shines. So does her voice. I may actually prefer this disc to the real release for that reason, as with full production of folky pop (admittedly not elaborate here) things can get a little buried, or at least less obvious. (Neile)

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