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.

We already shared “Gazing at Taurus – Santa Eulalia“; “Implosion​-​Explosion” is a new excerpt which explores instabilities both internal and external through nimble gestures in production and composition. Schott elaborates:

“The album is a sonic translation of the highly emotional state and the heightened sense of perception that come in the wake of a breakup and a period of great changes, with the subsequent necessary reconstruction this entails. “Implosion-Explosion” is an attempt at expressing both the sensation of being completely “see-through” once out alone in the outside world, and the combined feelings of pain and anger at what cannot be changed. The song, paying homage to dub, is an exploration in rhythm and heavy filtering and delaying: it features two rhythms in unison from the rare 1969 Elka Drummer One drum machine going through the legendary Roland RE-201 Space Echo, with Japanese Ace Tone organ whistling and roaring through Moog filter and delay, and swirling, echoing vocals.”