Cello is maybe the sexiest instrument for woman to play in. Why? Figure it out yourselves. Or maybe I have a better reason then the obvious. One might say that it’s the coldness Colleen shows while playing the cello and presence of the cello it self, that makes this music what it is. One might be right, or one might be wrong. I think it’s both – right and wrong.
Colleen issued a while ago the album Everyone Alive Want Answers, which was her first release on the Leaf Label. With this new album she continues her journey, but although the style of both her albums is quite similar, there’s a big difference between the two – her new album is softer, much softer. Colleen’s music was never something you can describe as hard, but there is something in it that prevents afternoon breeze from standing still and relax. There was something disturbing in Everyone Alive Want Answers, maybe it was the restless search for answers that kept her and her music from relaxing.
Well, Colleen found her answers and so did her music. And now she delivers a more relaxed version of herself. Her music is based mostly on live instruments and various percussion improvisations. Although it has a strong electronic aesthetic, it seems like the electronic side is only in the combining of it all. This gives her music a very refreshing notion. This is the kind of music that can stand on its own, as an independent highly intellectual and intriguing creation, or can accompany other pieces as a an enriching element. It seems like this music has a lot to offer to other cultural objects, and by this to enrich the experience derived from them.
The track The Happy Sea has a video (mov wmv) done by Carolina Melis. It’s a nice video, but I feel this track deserved more and has a lot more in it. Except the first few seconds, which are really stunning. Hear the music.
Also, visit Colleen’s site (with it’s charming name) for more details about this fantastic creature: http://www.colleenplays.org/.