Described as a cross between the Elysian Quartet and possessed Brontë sisters teasing an unsuspecting dinner party (Foxy Digitalis), Collectress are a quartet of long-term multi-instrumentalist collaborators from London and Brighton.
Making both composed and improvised music, Collectress utilise voice, toy instruments and found sound samples alongside layers of more traditional, often romantic, strings, keys and woodwind - violin, viola, cello, flute, piano and guitar.
With a collective biography of collaborations which includes the likes of Bat For Lashes, Patrick Wolf, Philip Selway (Radiohead) and Penguin Café Orchestra, the four members of Collectress come together to craft music both daring and unique, but also compellingly familiar and filmic.
Arthur Jeffes (prepared piano) on Owl and Mary Hampton & Joanna Burke (voices) on Mouseclover
Mostly recorded at Little St Peter's Church, UK by Rob White
Mixed by Collectress at their homes and Joe Watson at Flipflop studio.
Mastered by Ade Emsley of Table Of Tone Mastering Ltd
Arthur Jeffes, Jo Burke & Mary Hampton for playing; James Hawkins & Pam Mann, Peter & Rose Buckley, for food, love and space; Adem Ilhan, Jason Pegg, Joe Watson, Rob White and Sooty & Michael Kemp for support, equipment, ears and enthusiasm; Catherine Kontz & Henri Vaxby & Nicky Moran for pianos; and the keepers of little St Peter's for a beautiful and inspiring space.
I saw the sisters live, pre Covid, in a tiny chapel in Settle, North Yorks. Mesmerising, beautiful, no amplification and as raw as you get, a memorable gig. This record expands on their creativity and unique offering to the World of Folk. A beautiful album crossing several musical genres. JohnT42