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Emit Bloch is a critically acclaimed singer, songwriter and musician known for field recordings and lo-fi music production. His parents are George L. Turin, a professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at UC Berkeley, and Helen Elizabeth Turin, the daughter of a Utah cattle rancher. Bloch was raised in Berkeley, California, as well as Layton, Utah, and is related to Christopher Layton, a prominent 19th Century Mormon pioneer.
Bloch has issued several critically acclaimed collections, with his 2010 release Dictaphones Vol. 1 garnering 5/5 stars in UNCUT, the magazine calling Bloch an "exceptional songwriter" and the release "utterly remarkable", as well as frequent radio play on BBC stations when it was issued on One Little Indian records. London's The Sun called the record "...fresh, vital, uncluttered and brilliant" and awarded it 4.5/5 stars.
The subsequent digital EP, "Dorothy," included some studio versions of songs on Dictaphones Vol. 1 and received UK-wide acclaim when it was selected by The London Times as "Hot Download of the Week" and its eponymous single was championed by Dermot O'Leary, Gideon Coe and several other mainstream BBC DJs.
In 2000, Bloch wrote and recorded the occult Milla Jovovich, The People Tree Sessions, for his internet imprint Peopletree, an early example of internet marketing. The largely field recorded release was chosen as the "Pop CD of the Week" and given 4/5 stars by the The Guardian newspaper, which stated that the record was "so barking, it's great".
In the late 1990s, Bloch co-founded the experimental jamming band Banyan with Jane's Addiction drummer Stephen Perkins, Minutemen bassist Mike Watt, Beastie Boys' keyboardist Money Mark and Wilco guitarist Nels Cline and co-produced Banyan, the band's first release for Higher Octave with Perkins and The Dust Brothers. Bloch met Perkins when working with Perry Farrell to develop Teeth, an early, internet-based music and film project funded by Lollapalooza.
On September 8, 2018 Bloch issued Collectives Vol. 2, a second album-length collection of songs in which collaborative efforts with many other musicians, including Stephen Perkins and Nick McCabe, as well as longtime collaborator David Peters, create a rich setting for Bloch's guitar playing and story-telling; The album is a full-bodied follow-up to its starkly recorded predecessor.(in Chamorro)
Bloch currently resides in Gasquet, CA.
- Banyan (Higher Octave) 1997
- The People Tree Sessions 1998 (Cherry Red)
- Bouncy Castle (Peopletree) 2000 - out of print
- Falafelelf - Sexy Religion (Peopletree/iDot/One Little Indian) 2001
- Falafelelf Swing (Peopletree/iDot/One Little Indian) 2003
- Monsta (One Little Indian) 2006
- Dictaphones Vol.1 (Lost Dogs/One Little Indian) 2010
- Collectives Vol.2 (AWAL) 2018