Bloom, Kath & Loren Connors: Sand In My Shoe (blue vinyl) LP
The extraordinary creative partnership of New Haven, CT duo Kath Bloom and Loren Connors has haunted fans of fragile folk and blues since the early 80s. Kath taught herself guitar during shifts as a janitor at a New Haven cemetery, while Loren's free-form idiosyncratic style had been developing since the late 60s. Between 1981 and 1984, the duo recorded two live and four studio albums, mostly self-released in tiny quantities. Early on, their music mixed folk and blues traditionals with a handful of Kath's vulnerable, moving originals. By the later albums the songs were all Kath's – her fragile voice and subdued finger- picking set against Loren's abstract but always supportive playing. Together the duo created a sound almost impossibly emotional and haunting.
Kath & Loren's first two albums in 1981-82 were live recordings, released via Loren's Daggett Records label. Next came 1982's Sing The Children Over on Massachusetts label Ambiguous Records. Then Sand In My Shoe emerged in 1983 as the first release on Loren's new St. Joan label, in an edition of 200-300 copies with handmade sleeves. Restless Faithful Desperate and Moonlight followed in 1983-84, before the prodigious duo parted ways. After reissuing Kath & Loren's four landmark studio albums on CD in the late 2000s, Chapter has now embarked on the first ever vinyl reissues for these remarkable records. Restless Faithful Desperate was reissued in 2018, while Moonlight will be released alongside Sand In My Shoe in October 2019.