Colleen Les Ondes Silencieuses

Get email alerts for Colleen
5 ratings
SALE: $16.95
List Price: $18.98
You Save: $2.03 (11% Off)
Currently Out of Stock: We'll get more as soon as possible
Notify Me When Available
Format:  Vinyl LP
item number:  BAY 571
on most orders of $75+
New Condition

Vinyl LP Details

  • Released: August 29, 2007
  • Originally Released: 2007
  • Label: Leaf

Entertainment Reviews:

The Wire - p.35
Included in The Wire's "50 Records of the Year 2007".

Tracks:

  • 1.This Place in Time
  • 2.Le Labyrinthe
  • 3.Sun Against My Eyes
  • 4.Les Ondes Silencieuses
  • 5.Blue Sands
  • 6.Echoes and Coral
  • 7.Sea of Tranquillity
  • 8.Past the Long Black Land
  • 9.Le Bateau

Product Description:

C‚cile Schott, aka Colleen, takes another step in her articulation of lost sounds involving classical instruments on Les Ondes Silencieuses (literal translation: The Silent Waves). The music box doesn't make an appearances here; instead, she experiments with viola da gamba, classical guitar, clarinet, a spinet (which sounds a great deal like a harpsichord), and crystal glass -- and, of course, combinations of all of them. Tape and digital manipulation present on other recordings is all but absent here, replaced instead by overdubbing in places. Instead, these small pieces are reflected as small melodies, constructed, offered, and simply vanishing into silence. "Sun Against My Eyes," with its spare clarinet (sometimes overdubbed) played against the opening bowed strings of the viola da gamba and supported by a classical guitar playing a simple three-chord fingerpicked melody, is among the finer moments on the album. The sheer ghost textures of the viola on the title cut, as they state a single line of few notes with pregnant pauses between, is haunting, melancholy, and otherworldly -- especially since Schott's intonation is off just a tad. "Sea of Tranquillity" begins sparsely enough, as a classical guitar is strummed in the higher register to begin a repetitive and hypnotic swirl even as its other strings (dubbed, of course) are played like a harp but within a limited harmonic range, with a clarinet entering just long enough to create a counterpoint melody, very slowly and languidly. This has little of the sunshine felt on Golden Morning Breaks. Instead, as its cover -- which suggests the work of Aubrey Beardsley -- reflects stark black-and-white contrast, the music here falls in between to unite them. It is full of shades of gray, very expressive within limited, even restrained frameworks, bringing beauty into the depths and from them. ~ Thom Jurek
Vinyl LPs
Vinyl

Similar Products

Formats:

Product Info

  • UPC: 843190005710
  • Shipping Weight: 0.50/lbs (approx)
  • International Shipping: 2 items

To place an order or for customer service, call toll-free 1-800-336-4627 or outside the United States, call 1-610-649-7565
Open Monday-Friday: 9am-10pm, Weekends: 11am-7pm (Eastern Time)
Se habla Español! Spanish-speaking representatives available, Monday-Friday: 9am-5pm (Eastern Time)