EXPERIMENTAL CHAMBER COLLECTIVE, COLLECTRESS, SHARE A VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE “IN THE STREETS, IN THE FIELDS”
FROM THE INCOMING NEW ALBUM DIFFERENT GEOGRAPHIES, OUT 6 MARCH VIA THE BAND’S OWN, PEELER RECORDS
The experimental chamber collective Collectress, who create unique surrealist-tinged chamber pop and have been described as a cross between “the Elysian Quartet and possessed Brontë sisters teasing an unsuspecting dinner party” (Foxy Digitalis) release a video today for new single “In The Streets, In the Fields”. Using dance as a means to explore the nature of the music, and with nods to both psychedelia (particularly 13th Floor Elevators), and the 1937 recording of Virginia Woolf’s “Words”, Collectress play at taking you somewhere imaginary whilst staying grounded in reality- ‘in the streets’ yet also ‘in the fields.’
The band remark “we liked the sense of the transience of language as evoked by the crackly Woolf recordings, of time passing and of spaces shifting, of being in one place yet another at the same time, in “Different Geographies”. In this technological world of ours, Woolf’s “Words” speaks to us from the past, visionary in suggesting we are mere vessels for language to occur, adapt and move around in. “In the Streets, In the Fields” melodically ‘sets off’ and in some way is doing this too, its simple structure unfolding, shifting and developing over the course of the song.”
Collectress continue “the film for “Streets” was always going to include dance as a means to explore and express the nature of the music. We talked about parts of the body, colours and ‘elements’ to include. We each gave our interpretation and filmed ourselves dancing at our own respective ‘different geography’. What you see in the film is a layering of those interpretations to the rhythm and layers of the individual parts of the music, to create an indefinable space that we hope has something recognisable and grounded but that also allows for an element of getting lost.”
Experimental, playful and deeply connected collaboration. For two decades this has been the pilot spark of Collectress. Collectress compose and improvise daring and unique music that rarely has words but is full of stories, their creative palate is bursting colour, and this release expresses their unique and enchanting take on the world.
The new album Different Geographies arrives March 6th on their own Peeler Records on digital and limited CD formats.
Collectress Spring Shows:
Friday April 10 – Brighton Album Launch at The Rosehill, Brighton
Sat May 9 – Daylight Session (plus special guests), Union Chapel, London
Alice Eldridge – cello, Korg MS10, laptop feedback, piano, Rhodes, vocals, percussion
Rebecca Waterworth – cello, piano, vocals, percussion
Caroline Weeks – flute, guitar, Yamaha VSS200, piano, Rhodes, vocals, percussion
Quinta – violin, piano, Rhodes, Korg MS10, Yamaha VSS200, musical saw, vocals, percussion
Further album credits: Double bass (‘In the Streets, In the Fields’ & ‘Landing’) – Andy Waterworth recorded by Arthur Jeffes (Penguin Cafe)Engineered – Joe Watson (Stereolab) Mixed – TJ Allen (Bat for Lashes, Portishead)Mastered – Dylan Beattie