COLLEEN (a.k.a. Cécile Schott) is a French composer of electronic and ambient music, and on May 13th she released her brand new full length album The Weighing Of The Heart. I’ve listened to the album a few times and it’s an impressive achievement. In their recent review of the album FACT writes: “Schott’s compositions have always been restrained, but in the past this has sometimes resulted in her songs sounding rather incomplete. Here the negative space is present for a reason, and it’s tempting to wonder if it’s her vocals that serve as the hitherto-omitted string that binds everything together. Schott treats her voice like an instrument, and not in the manner of the typical (and at this point tired) wordless coos that litter the experimental music environment, but in the placement of the words themselves. These are not the songs of a singer-songwriter — Schott’s carefully picked phrases are used sparingly and arise and drop into silence as if signalled by a conductor.” You can stream the album in the YouTube player below, and pick up your own copy via iTunes. To enter the world of COLLEEN be sure to visit COLLEENplays.org.