Many days of the week Camomile is trying to catch the melodies floating around her head, a little like catching butterflies in a net. When she least expects it, the net contains something shimmering and full of life. Camomile’s self titled EP, and the forthcoming full length debut album Black Horses, explore joy, loss, alienation, and the longing to know the Divine.
Camomile’s musical sound has been influenced by such artists as U2, Yes, Tori Amos, Bjork, Radiohead, Natalie Merchant, Sigur Ros, Peter Gabriel, Dave Matthews, Phillip Glass, Sting, Roxy Music, REM, Morrissey, The Cure, David Bowie, Jeff Buckley, Led Zepplin, Heart, Sarah Mclaughlin, Blondie, Pat Benatar, Nussrat Fatah Ali Kahn, Ravi Shankar, and Kate Bush.
In addition to composing and singing, Camomile plays guitar, ukulele, harmonium and autoharp. Camomile trained with Edna Lind, who sang with the Metropolitian Opera Company and coached many of its singers, and with Mala Ganguly, the renowned vocalist from Calcutta, who taught her the light classical and devotional music of North India.
Camomile believes her songs are of unknown origin, and when one appears, she tries to transmit it without interference. She knows the songs come from a magical place, which always remains elusive. This is the place where the answers to the riddles lie. She believes that we are all divine but we have forgotten that truth, and the music helps us remember.
Camomile is currently writing music for a record of Bhajans, or chants, which will fuse East Indian instruments including the tablas, Sitar, Sorod, Tampura, and Harmonium with western guitar and electronica. The ethereal vocals will blend Bengali, Sanskrit and English. Camomile is always interested in the progress of music and ways of blending the ancient sounds of the past and incorporating technology to create music for the future.
Firth Full Length Album Available January 2009!