Sunday, July 29, 2007

I closed my eyes and everything changed...

Why? Because "Plus c'est la même chose, plus ça change." would fit this album perfectly.

It is a fourteen-track selection of entirely instrumental music which, with the exception of the final one that also features sparse classical guitar, was entirely made by recording mechanical music boxes live and absolutely nothing else. These recordings were then sampled, over-dubbed and looped (but not otherwise electronically altered) to produce the final effect.

The final result, Colleen et les Boîtes à Musique, was actually commissioned by 'Radio France Culture' in 2005 and is the work of Cécile Schott, better known as the recording artist Colleen.

On the face of it would seem to be a rather outré kind of album and in some ways it is... but that would be to get its premise very wrong overall; it is actually very listenable and even soothing but without ever veering towards trite "musak" territory. It was finally given a full CD release in late 2006 by Manchester-based 'The Leaf Label' that has also released her slightly more conventional, yet still very far from ordinary, albums --- Les Ondes Silencieuses (2007), The Golden Morning Breaks (2005) and Everyone Alive Wants Answers (2003).

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