Colleen - Les Ondes Silencieuses (LP Leaf)
Cécile Schott has quietly and methodically formed a world of her own using acoustic instrumentation, both usual and unusual.; old and new. Her use of a slower paced approach to composition and playing allows the use of distance and proximity between instruments,. More interesting of all is the way she dwells on an instrument and the different ways of playing it, allowing the sound to reveal itself, unforced. Clarinets, classical guitars, viola da gamba, spinet, crystal glass, all have their place here.
A personal favourite, the baroque 'La Labyrinthe', with it's harpsichord appropriately following a fixed path, forms into a system-music foundation marking a shift in direction; a path that runs parallel to rest of the album, causing a sense of enlargement of her view, adding a sparkle to the colour of the album as a whole.
There's room for romance of nature expressed through discernible systems weaved through with traditional and ancient instrumentation -all played by Cécile. Following on from her previous 3 albums, there's more adventurous composition and arrangement while simultaneously emphasizing space which enhances the listeners attention.
There's a presence and beguiling stillness to her work over the years but also a wry sense of humour that makes the experience of hearing her play all the more pleasurable.
As with her 2005 LP, 'The Golden Morning Breaks' LP, Iker Spozio provides the black and white line-drawing artwork to the finely presented gatefold cover. Where the previous album's art was stripped to it's sentimental bare bones (a child/fairy nuzzling a unicorn - or maybe its intention is something altogether filthier?!), the artwork for this one far more involving. Céecile, back to the viewer, playing her cello in an enchanted forest of flowers, butterflies and distant starlight. Awwww. HM