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Boomkat Product Review:
Each of the French artist's precious LP offerings have represented a further deepening and refining of her craft, getting closer to some kind of spiritual essence. On a so-so day, she makes music that you feel privileged to hear, and on a good day she makes music that cleaves your heart in two. It's been a long wait for new material - her last album, Les Ondes Silencieuses, is now six years old - but 'The Weighing Of The Heart' doesn't disappoint, despite a considerable burden of expectation. The oneiric shimmer of her music has its contemporary analogs in the likes of Grouper and Julianna Barwick, but on this record in particular Colleen (real name Cécile Schott) communicates with an elegance and clarity few could hope to match. Some of the more obvious electronic interventions of her past work have been pared back, but she still applies a meticulous attention to overdubs, reverbs and sonic placement, giving songs rooted in courtly folk and sacred music a subtle glaze of futurism. Highlights include 'Going Forth By Day', an instrumental pitched between medieval drum raga and pastoral jazz, and the puckish clarinet lament of 'Moonlit Sky'; Schott's cello and guitar-playing, the driving force behind nearly all the songs, has achieved new heights of creamy fluency, while her singing voice is by turns playful, ethereal and confessional, discharging cryptic lyrics derived in part from yellowed religious texts but speaking, seemingly, to the here and now; and the production has a delicacy and emotional eloquence to it that even Manfred Eicher in his pomp would envy.