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 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

brand new review of the album

Everyone Alive Wants Answers

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

two weeks pass...
Has anyone heard this?

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

It's good for waiting to.

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

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

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

haha remember chip morningstar? some of his best stuff.

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

fuck you if you don't think so.

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

say more things.

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

i love it my wife loves it my kids love it

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

one month passes...
Beautiful stuff

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


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

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

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

she's playing london on 28.4...

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

yeah, she's great.

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

omfg check out the favuorite music section of her website.

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

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

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

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

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

you come and you come again.

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

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

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

Will she score my film in 20 years?

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

here's the interview:

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

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

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

I forgot about colleen!

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

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

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

two years pass...

Anyone else digging the new one?

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

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

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

btw I would totally recommend Julia Kent to people who want to find more good cello stuff in the same sort of ballpark as Colleen

acid in the style of tenpole tudor (NickB), Thursday, 4 April 2013 14:30 (four years ago) Permalink

It's a lovely cover indeed. The write-up by Fact makes me highly curious to see what direction she turns next with the new LP. The album this thread is named after has been a steady fave of mine ever since it came out, but I do enjoy how she comes up with something really different every time.

Le Bateau Ivre, Thursday, 4 April 2013 15:32 (four years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Title track is something else.

R = J - L (Leee), Saturday, 20 April 2013 17:51 (four years ago) Permalink

Holy holy i just saw this thread and had no idea she's putting out a new album. "Everyone Alive" was BRILLIANT but i hadn't heard anything else since then. I did read her blog for a bit and especially all those wonderful animated gifs she was doing.

Looking forward to the new stuff!

Emperor Cos Dashit (Adam Bruneau), Sunday, 21 April 2013 16:02 (four years ago) Permalink

good news. have heard only excerpts (which sound great). is a full version of the title track floating around out there, leee?

I have many lovely lacy nightgowns (contenderizer), Sunday, 21 April 2013 16:39 (four years ago) Permalink

There's this video

Emperor Cos Dashit (Adam Bruneau), Sunday, 21 April 2013 16:53 (four years ago) Permalink

Pretty eye-opening account of the trials of the indie artist:

― licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Friday, September 7, 2012 4:39 AM (7 months ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

This is a good read, she comes out and says some things that don't get said often enough imo. Sometimes you are a musician and you really don't feel like making music, or even listening to music, yet you have this role of Musician, and so you feel guilty about something that isn't entirely in your control. Really glad she is feeling the music again!

Emperor Cos Dashit (Adam Bruneau), Sunday, 21 April 2013 16:57 (four years ago) Permalink

is a full version of the title track floating around out there, leee?

Not to my knowledge, I got a review copy.

R = J - L (Leee), Sunday, 21 April 2013 18:07 (four years ago) Permalink


I have many lovely lacy nightgowns (contenderizer), Sunday, 21 April 2013 18:27 (four years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

so this is on Spotify

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Tuesday, 2 July 2013 20:13 (four years ago) Permalink

nine months pass...

CANCELLED 12 June 2014 San Francisco, USA, Exploratorium – Resonance Series (Performance And Talk)

D: D:

Call the Doctorb, the B is for Brownstein (Leee), Wednesday, 9 April 2014 18:47 (three years ago) Permalink

eleven months pass...

title track on captain of none sounds like the studio producing young marble giants jamming with the durutti column. nice

reggie (qualmsley), Thursday, 2 April 2015 20:42 (two years ago) Permalink

Had no idea she had a new album out, or that she was touring the US. Now I have a ticket to see her!

A-Hanisi Coates (Leee), Thursday, 2 April 2015 22:24 (two years ago) Permalink

i don't think i'd heard of her before, but i have the new one and it is quite nice. i get an arthur russell vibe.

tylerw, Thursday, 2 April 2015 22:26 (two years ago) Permalink

funny how she has only 9 tour dates in the US and one of them is in New Hampshire. I bought a ticket to see her as well (but haven't heard the whole album yet)

the geographibebebe (unregistered), Sunday, 5 April 2015 05:52 (two years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

I kind of miss the deeply melancholic Colleen, but this sunnier Colleen still makes pretty songs.

Madison Dumbbarfer (Leee), Thursday, 14 May 2015 21:43 (two 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 (two years ago) Permalink

i am in loooove w/ Captain of None

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

four weeks pass...

Seeing her tonight!

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

where has this been all my life

thanking all of you

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

Short show!

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

i'm way into it

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

thx i'll check it out!

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

Eclipse is so good.

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

(serving the lazy)

Ludo, Monday, 9 October 2017 19:40 (one week ago) Permalink

ooh that cover is pretty

rob, Monday, 16 October 2017 13:39 (yesterday) Permalink

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