French artist Cécile Schott wrote her new LP as Colleen—an electronic reflection on mortality—in the wake of the 2015 Paris terrorist attacks. Despite the heavy themes, her sound is lighter than ever.
“The world had nearly ended yet the sky was blue, and I came home with a fistful of fear,” remembers electronic composer Cécile Schott on “Winter Dawn,” a line that captures all the weighty preoccupations of her seventh album as Colleen. Written in the aftermath of the 2015 terror attack in Paris, “Winter Dawn” is cold and hard as a snowglobe, a compact container of chaos. It’s also the explanatory anchor of A flame my love, a frequency, a quietly devastating album defined by Schott’s enviable economy of expression.
Since her earliest release in 2002, the French multi-instrumentalist and singer has sounded more like herself with each new project, [ … ]