Colleen, "everyone alive wants answers"

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What can you tell me about Colleen? I don't know anything about her besides the fact that she is a) French, b) an English Professor and c) signed to Leaf. Also, if you've heard the album talk about it. Why d'you like it? And you, there, that hates it, why d'you hate it?

Cozen (Cozen), Tuesday, 1 July 2003 21:45 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

brand new review of the album

Everyone Alive Wants Answers

DJ Martian (djmartian), Tuesday, 1 July 2003 22:30 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I stray between the magnetic poles of finding this album intensely boring and 'boredom is the the only emotion I have left in my loneliness'.

Cozen (Cozen), Wednesday, 2 July 2003 00:14 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...
Has anyone heard this?

Cozen (Cozen), Thursday, 17 July 2003 21:09 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

havent seen it yet... i quite liked that turiko nojiko or whoever she is on mego, does that lp stand up to repeated listening?

looks like u are developing an aesthetic coz!

Chip Morningstar (bob), Friday, 18 July 2003 10:07 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

i've liked it every time i've heard it (3 or 4?). can't remember much about it though. glockenspiels. good to do maths to. i'll give it another listen in a minute.

toby (tsg20), Friday, 18 July 2003 11:31 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

It's good for drifting off to sleep to. I'm not sure I could actively listen to it.

Jerry the Nipper (Jerrynipper), Friday, 18 July 2003 11:33 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

It's good for waiting to.

Cozen (Cozen), Friday, 18 July 2003 11:42 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...
My review of this record up on Neumu now.

David. (Cozen), Friday, 1 August 2003 17:16 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

six months pass...
attention, cozen:

Saturday May 1
Triptych Festival, Tron Theatre,
Colleen (live) + To Rococo Rot + Movietone + Directorsound + more

Full line-up to be launched and tickets on sale from Thursday Feb 19

DJ Martian (djmartian), Thursday, 19 February 2004 00:19 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

it's a beautiful album

she may be touring the US this summer. Maybe with Mum (or so I heard).

anthony kyle monday (akmonday), Thursday, 19 February 2004 00:41 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

yeh i knew this. one step ahead of the martian.

as i said on another thread, i listened to this recently in the bath. it made me think my review was quite wrongheaded but still maybe interesting. fuck you if you don't think so? fuck you if you don't think so. yes, i like this album. do you like this album, prima?

cozen (Cozen), Thursday, 19 February 2004 00:49 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

haha remember chip morningstar? some of his best stuff.

cozen (Cozen), Thursday, 19 February 2004 00:50 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

fuck you if you don't think so.

cozen (Cozen), Thursday, 19 February 2004 00:52 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

say more things.

cozen (Cozen), Thursday, 19 February 2004 01:07 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

i love it my wife loves it my kids love it

mullygrubber (gaz), Thursday, 19 February 2004 01:44 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

one month passes...
Beautiful stuff

Steven M, Thursday, 15 April 2004 10:33 (fourteen years ago) Permalink


stevem (blueski), Thursday, 15 April 2004 11:48 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

her live show is so great. theres this shy lass onstage who plays a little lalo shifrin ditty. and then she pushes afew pedals and the dtty starts going backward and forwrad at the same time, revrebing into infinity, building into a huge wal of sound that devuors the audeince. she killed the pa eventualy!

sadly the album doesnt maesure up. i excpet her next one to be the bees nees though.

:|, Thursday, 15 April 2004 12:39 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

she should be touring the US this summer (hopefully)!

anthony kyle monday (akmonday), Thursday, 15 April 2004 13:14 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

she's playing london on 28.4...

Yanc3y (ystrickler), Thursday, 15 April 2004 13:56 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

yeah, she's great.

cozen (Cozen), Thursday, 15 April 2004 13:59 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

seven months pass...
Gosh - her 'Ritournelle' just came up on ILX radio. Spookily good.

Alba (Alba), Wednesday, 24 November 2004 00:17 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I like this album quite a bit, though I find that my attention has moved elsewhere by the end. I start out really enjoying it actively, but it fades into the background by the end. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, though, because it works pretty well as background music. Even though it's not a very long album, I wonder if I would like it more if I listened to half of it, took a break, and then finished it off later. I probably won't ever successfully complete this experiment, though, because once I take a break, my short attention span will move onto something else and forget about Colleen entirely, for I am a scatterbrain.

Lingbert, Wednesday, 24 November 2004 00:41 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

omfg check out the favuorite music section of her website.

:| (....), Wednesday, 24 November 2004 00:55 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

she listed wu-tang forever as one of her favorite albums of the 90s. I'm glad someone else likes it.

Lingbert, Wednesday, 24 November 2004 07:25 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

she is wonderful, I can't wait for another record.

kyle (akmonday), Wednesday, 24 November 2004 07:27 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

omfg check out the favuorite music section of her website.

Ha ha - she's like an ILM boy's wet dream.

Alba (Alba), Wednesday, 24 November 2004 07:28 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

"Everyone Alive Wants Answers" would be and odd soundtrack to a wet dream.

Lingbert, Wednesday, 24 November 2004 07:37 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

you come and you come again.

bulbs (bulbs), Wednesday, 24 November 2004 08:27 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

one month passes...
i'm presently interviewing her via email. questions, anyone?

Jams Murphy (ystrickler), Wednesday, 12 January 2005 16:33 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

What is the next album called? when will it be released? how long did it take to write & record?

DJ Martian (djmartian), Wednesday, 12 January 2005 16:35 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

ask her if leaf is going to get her over to the US this year, they were planning to last year but decided to hold back until another record was done. I really want to see her in SF!

kyle (akmonday), Wednesday, 12 January 2005 16:57 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Does she DJ or play her music live? I guess that's more a question for ILX than her.

Leeeter van den Hoogenband (Leee), Thursday, 13 January 2005 05:22 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Will she score my film in 20 years?

Francisco Monar (fmonar), Thursday, 13 January 2005 15:42 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

She plays it live, Leeeee, a lot of loop pedal and swapping between cello and recorder-like-thing on the fly. And restarting songs a few times because the dinky little music-box won't play backwards properly.

(it is adorable.)

cis (cis), Thursday, 13 January 2005 18:22 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

she plays the music box backward!! why didnt i think of that. i thought she had a magic pedal or something.

:| (....), Thursday, 13 January 2005 18:49 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

here's the interview:

Jams Murphy (ystrickler), Wednesday, 26 January 2005 17:44 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

two months pass...
ok, i'm listening to a track ('everything lay still') from the new album, and i'm pretty excited about it. has anyone heard the whole ablum? i should listen to 'everyone alive wants answers' again, i guess, i think i prob only heard it 3-4 times max.

toby (tsg20), Wednesday, 30 March 2005 09:17 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Everyone Alive... is great. And Colleen is tres sexy *ducks*.

Jay Vee (Manon_70), Wednesday, 30 March 2005 09:40 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

i just listened to "everything lay still" too. sounds exactly like most of the first record (which i didn't like much).

jed_ (jed), Wednesday, 30 March 2005 13:22 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I forgot about colleen!

cozen (Cozen), Wednesday, 30 March 2005 14:36 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

is the album out? she is sexy because she is a FRENCH SCHOOLTEACHER WHO MAKES MUSIC OMG

kyle (akmonday), Wednesday, 30 March 2005 16:47 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

it's out in june. the album is tremendous.

Jams Murphy (ystrickler), Wednesday, 30 March 2005 16:50 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

you can preview the whole album here:

backwards guitar figures and music boxes, there's something untried by the ambientelectroacoustic set! still, sounds pretty, and i'm willing to forgive colleen a fair bit.

and it turns out her real name is Cécile Schott.

jermaine (jnoble), Wednesday, 30 March 2005 16:51 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

okay, i'm listening properly now, and cynicism aside, this is like... REALLY pretty.

jermaine (jnoble), Wednesday, 30 March 2005 21:55 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

Anyone else digging the new one?

baaderonixx, Friday, 1 June 2007 12:42 (eleven years ago) Permalink

i haven't given it a proper listen. the album this thread is about is easily the weakest colleeen album imo.

jed_, Friday, 1 June 2007 14:58 (eleven years ago) Permalink

i haven't given it a proper listen. the album this thread is about is easily the weakest colleeen album imo.

I have no problems calling it the best.

MRZBW, Friday, 1 June 2007 23:34 (eleven years ago) Permalink

playing in church in Hull in two weeks! should be vey twinkly...

fandango, Saturday, 2 June 2007 12:41 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Wish we had a recording of her 2006 ArthurBall performance, it was a fest highlight, gorgeously psychedelic. Anyways. Here's an article we pub'd on her around that time... "UNDER A BLANKET: Amidst the culled samples and loops of antique instruments, where in Colleen‘s music is Cécile Schott?" By John Adamian

jaywbabcock, Thursday, 14 May 2015 21:59 (three years ago) Permalink

i am in loooove w/ Captain of None

alpine static, Thursday, 14 May 2015 22:57 (three years ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

Seeing her tonight!

Falconetti Pot (Leee), Thursday, 11 June 2015 22:17 (three years ago) Permalink

love the new album so much! probably my favourite album this year so far

video for I'm Kin got uploaded today:

irl friend of the geir (NickB), Thursday, 11 June 2015 22:30 (three years ago) Permalink

where has this been all my life

thanking all of you

sleeve, Thursday, 11 June 2015 23:01 (three years ago) Permalink

Short show!

Falconetti Pot (Leee), Friday, 12 June 2015 03:30 (three years ago) Permalink

Short? She played for over an hour, though it was a good length. Very...satisfied with the show. Didn't blow my mind but pleased me and was a long time coming (to the states).

Badmotorfinger Debate Club (MFB), Friday, 12 June 2015 08:16 (three years ago) Permalink

It didn't feel like an hour! Maybe because I'd already seen her full setlist, anything fewer songs would feel abbreviated.

Were you as hypnotized by the drum circle hypnosis as I hypnotically was?

Falconetti Pot (Leee), Friday, 12 June 2015 17:25 (three years ago) Permalink

Yeah that was my favorite part. I would watch her do a whole set of dubbed out echo-ey drum things. She has done a couple of dub mixes to promote this album and they are very good!


And here:

Badmotorfinger Debate Club (MFB), Friday, 12 June 2015 18:21 (three years ago) Permalink

That one track on the album that's a bit Augustus Pablo, that's great that is

irl friend of the geir (NickB), Friday, 12 June 2015 18:32 (three years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

last night's show was great! a lot of the live tracks were more chaotic/fux0red than the album versions — I loved the rapidfire knob-twiddling at the end of 'I'm Kin' and the chopped-up drum loop in 'This Hammer Breaks' (I was expecting her to use the drum onstage to generate the loop, but she used a prerecorded sample). her version of the Night of the Hunter lullaby (mentioned in the setlist Leee posted) was one of the highlights of the set; she got a cool oscillator effect by bowing her instrument while running her fingering hand rapidly up and down the strings. hopefully she'll release it someday because it seems to be a mainstay in her sets.

stoomcursus rockisme (unregistered), Friday, 26 June 2015 19:28 (three years ago) Permalink

It's too bad there wasn't a better turnout, though. I wasn't expecting a huge crowd at the little Portsmouth New Hampshire venue, but she deserved to have more than 30 people in the audience :-/

stoomcursus rockisme (unregistered), Friday, 26 June 2015 19:31 (three years ago) Permalink

Thanks for posting that it is really amazing. She has quite a variety of sounds from that very unique picking style!

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Tuesday, 30 June 2015 01:53 (three years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

finally bought her new album and now i'm extra bummed that i missed her show here
eclipse and captain of none are both great tracks, and different from anything i'm hearing these days
i like her a lot

La Lechera, Monday, 27 July 2015 16:03 (three years ago) Permalink

Her sound seems like a sort of stoner-ECM-dub collision, which is not a bad thing at all.

sorry, no results found for "Sekal Has To Die" (xelab), Monday, 27 July 2015 16:13 (three years ago) Permalink

she has the nerve to be totally mild and super weird at the same time, it's admirable

La Lechera, Monday, 27 July 2015 16:17 (three years ago) Permalink

i'm way into it

lil urbane (Jordan), Monday, 27 July 2015 16:20 (three years ago) Permalink

LL i wonder if you'd like this album? she doesn't have the melodic prettiness of Colleen, but the percussive analog dub parts feel similar:

lil urbane (Jordan), Monday, 27 July 2015 16:24 (three years ago) Permalink

thx i'll check it out!

La Lechera, Monday, 27 July 2015 16:29 (three years ago) Permalink

Eclipse is so good.

sorry, no results found for "Sekal Has To Die" (xelab), Monday, 27 July 2015 21:07 (three years ago) Permalink

I said this before somewhere but a lot of it is quite reminiscent of Malian kora music

feargal czukay (NickB), Monday, 27 July 2015 21:37 (three years ago) Permalink

i have never to my knowledge heard colleen before now, but captain of none is sounding p rad to me right now.

jaymc, Thursday, 6 August 2015 05:36 (three years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

"Winter Dawn" is really good.

Klingon T'Kuvma Why Don't You Love Mah? (Leee), Sunday, 8 October 2017 23:26 (eleven months ago) Permalink

^ yeah! Captain of None was a top 5 record in 2015 for me, excited for this new one

Week of Wonders (Ross), Monday, 9 October 2017 17:01 (eleven months ago) Permalink

From the two new tracks on Spotify, she seems to be incorporating more electronics again.

Klingon T'Kuvma Why Don't You Love Mah? (Leee), Monday, 9 October 2017 18:00 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Yeah she’s been talking about this as her synth album on her FB page (which btw I recommend you all follow - full of thoughtful insights into her art and her life as an independent artist)

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Monday, 9 October 2017 19:16 (eleven months ago) Permalink

(serving the lazy)

Ludo, Monday, 9 October 2017 19:40 (eleven months ago) Permalink

ooh that cover is pretty

rob, Monday, 16 October 2017 13:39 (eleven months ago) Permalink

An old Colleen album is an almost perfect soundtrack for painting a wall Hague Blue (At the weekend, Hood's "Cycles of Days & Seasons" actually *was* the perfect soundtrack for staining a fence in the autumn sunshine).

djh, Tuesday, 17 October 2017 09:21 (eleven months ago) Permalink

new one is a beaut

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Friday, 20 October 2017 14:24 (eleven months ago) Permalink

she is the gd coolest
she posted on facebook about how she started making her own clothes and made all of the clothes for her new tour
what an inspiration!! i love colleen.

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Friday, 20 October 2017 16:08 (eleven months ago) Permalink

New album is great.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Friday, 20 October 2017 16:19 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Yeah the album is fantastic, just letting it sink in. And she's one of the very few I follow on FB. She's an inspiration. And chose to live in San Sebastian <3

Le Bateau Ivre, Friday, 20 October 2017 19:46 (eleven months ago) Permalink

This is very nice yeah

change display name (Jordan), Friday, 20 October 2017 19:56 (eleven months ago) Permalink

and last I heard she teaches/taught English!
She is playing here but I have to teach that night ;_;

Someday I will see her. Never thought I would become such a Colleen fan but she keeps being awesome and making music I like so I have no choice.

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Friday, 20 October 2017 21:13 (eleven months ago) Permalink

New one is really good. Extension of elements of the last I loved, but something different entirely. This is probably going top 5 of the year for me.

Textures remind me of a semi-broken music box...underwater. In a great way.

dronestreet, Saturday, 21 October 2017 03:45 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Loving this (Didn't hear the last one ... Should I?)

djh, Thursday, 26 October 2017 21:17 (ten months ago) Permalink

absolutely!! i really love Captain of None. it's more overtly groovy than any of her other stuff ime
i got the new one on saturday and listened to it twice in a row. it was one of those days when i totally disconnected from my life and just chilled out and colleen was 100% there when i needed her.

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Thursday, 26 October 2017 21:19 (ten months ago) Permalink

Captain of None rules

nomar, Thursday, 26 October 2017 21:19 (ten months ago) Permalink

by groovy i mean songs like this -- the groove is implied, not necessarily heavy drum/bass

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Thursday, 26 October 2017 21:20 (ten months ago) Permalink

^^i found a new copy of that LP in the discount bin of a local record store that i think is mostly staffed by fans of Beatles imports and which has a Beach Boys surfboard on the wall for 100k. Colleen slipped through the cracks there.

nomar, Thursday, 26 October 2017 21:23 (ten months ago) Permalink

captain of none is her best

Week of Wonders (Ross), Friday, 27 October 2017 04:24 (ten months ago) Permalink

Haha, weird, I scored Captain of None from a discount bin, too. While wandering through Maine. Great record.

dronestreet, Friday, 27 October 2017 15:46 (ten months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

The new album is really something else. For optimal results total silence is required (in/around the house and in the mind), boy... It's gorgeous. Like swimming with dolphins. "Summer Night (Bat Song)" is the center piece, the be all and end all, both literally and metaphorically. It's one of the harder Colleen lp's to get drawn into, but once she grabs a hold and pulls you under, there's a world down there you couldn't have dared to dream. So beautiful.

Le Bateau Ivre, Monday, 13 November 2017 22:54 (ten months ago) Permalink

It's quite minimal isn't it, with subtle shifts. I really like it, but *so far* not as much as the gorgeous Captain of None.

giraffe, Tuesday, 14 November 2017 15:04 (ten months ago) Permalink

It's very minimal! Echoes of her first couple of albums in that respect, utilising a specific sound and using it very sparsely. Except sound-wise it's totally different from her early days. I'm loving it.

Le Bateau Ivre, Tuesday, 14 November 2017 21:47 (ten months ago) Permalink

I'm not getting into the new one, or any of her "happy" albums. I preferred her achingly lonely and melancholy stuff more.

Entree 3000 (Leee), Thursday, 16 November 2017 00:27 (ten months ago) Permalink

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