Posts Tagged ‘Colleen’

French artist Colleen is fearless in her willingness to explore new sounds and new ways of creating music as a solo performer. On her new album A flame My love, A Frequency she introduces the most drastic change to her music since she began singing on her fourth album. A chance encounter with a Critter and Guitari synthesizer at King Britt’s Philadelphia studio on the Captain of None album tour cracked the compositional model wide open. Colleen bought a Critter and Guitari Pocket Piano with the aim to use it through a newly-acquired Moog filter pedal to create new and interesting rhythms to accompany her voice and viola da gamba. But it turned out the sounds of this viola and rhythm combination was not what she was looking for, so in typical Colleen fashion, she set the viola da gamba aside altogether and picked up an additional Critter and Guitari synth, the Septavox, dug out her her trusted Moog delay and dove right in.

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Colleen performing “Captain Of None” live in the KEXP studio. Recorded June 16th, 2015.

Colleen is French multi-instrumentalist Cecile Schott, who uses her voice and the treble viola da gamba (a baroque instrument with gut strings), to weave intricate stories about the human mind and heart. ‘Captain Of None’ is the most melodic album in her repertoire, featuring ethereal, drifting vocals, Penguin Cafe Orchestra style string plucking, reggae bass lines and dub efx. A delightful, dreamy downbeat album.

“Captain of None” is from Colleen’s album “Captain of None.”  Colleen is the alias of French musician Cécile Schott. Over the course of her four previous albums on The Leaf Label and Second Language, she has consistently reinvented herself by taking acoustic instruments out of their usual context and pushing the boundaries of their play ability, with compositions ranging from the mysterious and contemplative to kinetic and playful.
Her new album Captain of None (scheduled for release on Thrill Jockey on April 6th) is the most melodic in her repertoire, with fast-paced tracks rooted by prominent bass lines and her instruments of choice, the treble viola da gamba and her voice. It features delicately crafted, other-worldly pop songs incorporating dub-inspired techniques.
Colleen will play songs from the new album as well as selections from 2013’s The Weighing of the Heart at FAQ Festival 2015. “Captain of None”, is her 5th album, out Thrill Jockey, April 7th 2015.
The Weighing of the Heart, 2013 LP out on Second Language.
First 3 albums and an EP are available on The Leaf Label.
Listen on Spotify and my Soundcloud
https://soundcloud.com/colleenplays

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Colleen’s fifth studio LP, will be released this April on Thrill Jockey Records. COLLEEN’s US and EU dates features a special evening at Cork Opera House (w/ Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh) on Sunday May 3rd 2015. aka Cécile Schott, is really one of those artists where if you know, you know. Her run of albums from 2003-2007, mostly on The Leaf Label presented an exquisite set of dream-worlds, where you could easily drift away on her loops of cellos, bells, flutes and musical boxes. But then a six-year hiatus from the music world made it almost seem like it HAD been a dream. However, she returned with The Weighing of the Heart in 2013, easily up there with her very best work – and now, teamed up with Thrill Jockey, she’s showing that she’s stronger than ever. This is the first track from her Captain of None album coming on April 7th, and damn, it’s beautiful.