French musician and singer-songwriter Cécile Schott aka Colleen has announced the release of a new album. The Tunnel and the Clearing will be out on May 21st via Thrill Jockey Records. According to the press release, it finds the profound composer at her most vulnerable and confident, invoking contemplative and swirling organ processed through analog electronics, steady drum machine syncopations and her distinctive voice to embody breaking through the nexus of compounding transitions. On an album centered on processing the complicated washes of emotion through tribulations and revelations Colleen presents a vision of breathless clarity.

Check the first excerpt called “Gazing at Taurus – Santa Eulalia” which draws inspiration from the city of Barcelona, named after city’s patron saint. Schott explains:

“On an exceptionally clear night in my new home, I was able to gaze at the Taurus constellation, observing the spectacular Pleiades for the first time in my life. I tried to repeat the experience a year later, but of course this time felt totally different. Santa Eulalia is a statue that stands atop a cathedral spire nearby. I saw her every day from my window and greeted her on my daily walk, and she ended up becoming my own personal symbol of resilience in this troubled year.”