C O L L E C T R E S S UNVEIL THE DETAILS BEHIND THEIR DEBUT ALBUM MONDEGREEN & INVITE YOU TO DOWNLOAD THE JUBILANT SOUNDS OF “SPELL”
Following my initial announcement, I am pleased to offer you another window into the enchanting world of C O L L E C T R E S S, a talented collective of UK based multi-instrumentalists who are self-releasing their debut album, Mondegreen 24th March 2014.
As well as revealing more specific detail about the album, we can share a track for you to download from it. Live dates for March have also been announced, including album launch shows in London and Brighton and a notable appearance at this year’s Women Of The World Festival at London’s Southbank Centre.
Having collaborated in various forms for a decade, C O L L E C T R E S S formed in 2009 and have since then been engaged in a series of performance commissions for film, archives and expanded cinema, all of which inform their debut album, Mondegreen. Here C O L L E C T R E S S define themselves, weaving together composed and improvised songs which glow, shimmer, move and unsettle; resplendent in beauty, their tone is evocative, full of rhythmic energy and powerfully involving, with soaring strings and blooming deluges of colour.
Mondegreen’s song titles represent the sounds and locations that inform each particular piece of music: “Whitechapel” thaws the numbing cold of the empty church in which it was recorded; “Goodbye” rises and falls with the undulating sigh of a great expanse. “Owl” teems, crawling with the sounds of heavy breathing and crunching gravel. The whole album is alive with sounds, urgent footsteps and creaking doors, bicycle wheel clicks and rifled cards all nestling themselves between delightful string arrangements – Mondegreen is bursting at the seams with imaginatively organised sound, and you can’t help but be thoroughly engrossed.
Coined by Sylvia Wright in an essay in Harper’s Magazine in Nov 1954, a Mondegreen is the mishearing or misinterpretation of a phrase as result of a near homophony, in a way that gives it new meaning. Likewise, C O L L E C T R E S S find fruit in mishearings and happy accidents recognising that paths through are sometimes oblique or followed without intention; they flow intuitively from improvisations where the outcome can’t be known but is often far more beautiful than could ever have been planned. Music is a form of recycling where every new player, every new listener, makes new, unique and often very personal meaning from essentially the same set of notes or sounds. This record has been made with four sets of ears making four sets of collaborative hearings and mishearings, and shaping together the paths that flow from them.
DOWNLOAD AND SHARE THE JUBILANT SOUNDS OF “SPELL”, FROM THEIR DEBUT MONDEGREEN:
1. Whitechapel (Flint Wall)
7. Whitechapel (Teal)
10. Whitechapel (Hat In The Ring)
13. Before And After
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