Boomkat Product Review:
Madeleine Cocolas follows up "A Memory, Blown Out" and "Nothern Storm" with a beautiful and restrained album of gentle piano melodies and evocative ambience.
Aussie composer Cocolas' third record this year is a personal self-investigation that's rooted in stillness, observation and perception. The set's backbone is her piano playing, but "Spectral" is far from a solo piano exercise. As we've witnessed from her last run of records, Cocolas is a confident producer and engineer, and she builds gaseous structures around her solo piano performances that shuttle them into very different realms.
Sometimes it's delicate and subtle processes - like on the mistral 'Ghostly', where faint vocals can just about be made out - while sometimes Cocolas' treatments are more heavy handed. On the lengthy 'And Then I Watch it Fall Apart', her piano melodies are swallowed by whirring oscillations, treated field recordings and low, resonant bass whooshes, and 'Presence' hides them almost completely beneath billowing drones.