If talent had a name, that name would be Chloe Charles. The Toronto-based, world-touring musician is headed off on yet another tour, bringing her to the U.S. and Europe – lucky girl. To celebrate her short return to the city, Miss Charles played The Rivoli last night with fellow musicians Ben Wilkins and Anna Atkinson. The show was nothing short of magical, a term seemingly adopted from her uber-talented drummer Mackenzie Longpre. If you haven’t heard of Chloe Charles, be prepared for utter delight.
Chloe has been likened to a rougher Cat Power, Esthero but sweeter, Portishead unplugged, a depressed Nick Drake and the sensuality of Smoke City. Older listeners sometimes mention subtle resonances of Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Cars”, Janis Ian’s “At Seventeen”, Joan Armatrading’s “Love and Affection”, even early Joni Mitchell.
Yes, she really is all those things and so many more. Her voice will send shivers down your spine – smooth, perfectly pitched, and incredibly steady. With great collaborators on an array of instruments (tonight’s being violin and drums) you’ll swear you’re listening to a recording. It’s that good.
I urge you to take a moment of your day – right now, actually – to head over to Chloe’s website to listen to a few songs and maybe even buy her latest CD Little Green Bud. You won’t be disappointed.