We fell under the spell of Collectress with Mondegreen, their debut album, which was one of our 15 Album Picks of 2014 and remains an absolute favourite. Nearly six years on, the incredibly talented quartet of Quinta, Rebecca Waterworth, Caroline Weeks and Alice Eldridge, are ready to gift the world with their hugely anticipated second album, Different Geographies. On the new record, the four multi-instrumentalists continue to create enchanting and enveloping music that is both composed and improvised.
“Named in response to the realities of collaboration”, as the press release explains, Different Geographies sees Collectress “look[ing] for new opportunities to create across the separations of time, space and the vibrancies of life,” referring to the many projects they have been involved with over the last few years, including overseas residencies, tours with other bands and motherhood.
We’ll have to wait until March 6th for the album to be released via their own imprint Peeler Records, but we can already wrap our ears in the magical and gorgeous first single ‘Landing’.
London and Brighton natives Quinta, Rebecca Waterworth, Caroline Weeks and Alice Eldridge are the four very talented multi-instrumentalists who make up C O L L E C T R E S S. Their music is both composed and improvised, dazzling and enveloping, made using conventional instruments and other unusual sources and found sounds. We were immediately conquered and fully immersed in the wholly astonishing textures of their music. It goes without saying that we are beyond excited about their debut album, Mondegreen, coming out this Monday March 24th via their own imprint Peeler Records. The album takes its name from an essay by Sylvia Wright published in Harper’s Magazine in November 1954, as the press release explains.
“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.”
In support of the upcoming album, and having recently performed as part of the Women Of The World Festival at Southbank Centre, C O L L E C T R E S S have announced a number of live shows, starting this Sunday 23rd at the Vortex in London. Check all their other dates here, and go to see them live.
To entice you further, listen to a couple of tracks from the album, ‘Goodbye’, which is inspired by a Katherine Mansfield short story, The Wind Blows, and the charming ‘Spell’.