Created in the aftermath of the 2015 Paris terrorist attacks, a deep melancholy lies at the heart of Cécile Schott’s gorgeous seventh album under the moniker Colleen. A visitor to Paris on the day of the attacks, Schott’s witnessing of the tragedy is translated into sonic musings about the wonders of life and inescapable reality of death; themes which, whilst challenging, produce a fulfilling record of thoughtful gaze and raw emotion.
A multi-instrumentalist and singer, Schott’s organic musicality can be felt throughout every second of A flame my love, a frequency. Using just two Critter and Guitari synths and a Moog filter pedal, Schott effortlessly fuses delicately flourishing melodies with breathy vocals in a minimalist yet devastating display. A testament to the healing power of music, it’s an album which offers both catharsis and overwhelming beauty.
Words: Georgia Tobin