Sound Impresssion: Madeleine Cocolas – Cascadia [Futuresequence]

Madeleine Cocolas is an Australian born, Seattle-based, classically trained composer, musician and sound designer.  She worked for a number of years in music supervision & licensing for Australian TV as well as collaborated on a variety of multidisciplinary projects and exhibitions as well as releasing a handful of singles some of which appeared on the Bigo & Twigetti label.  More recently she completed a special project in which she created a new track every week for a year. Her first full-length solo record, Cascadia, is essentially a refinement of works selected from that project with the addition of some new material. 


It is a gorgeous and beguiling collection of tracks built around pristine piano lines, tender melodies, and beautifully layered vocals of an ethereal nature that begs favorable references to the sublime work of Julianna Barwick. Around this solid core, Cocolas wraps a layers of ambient textures and evocative electronic treatments ranging from the most sheer and delicate to the most vibrant and evocative.

Distilling 52 weeks of creativity and invention into a cohesive and compact album experience must have seemed like a daunting challenge, but Cascadia absolutely succeeds on that level and will hopefully be just the beginning of much more to come from this talented artist.

Cascadia is available in a limited edition clear vinyl package as well as a digital download (MP3 & FLAC) from Futuresequence, closing out a stellar year for the label alongside such artists as Tiny Leaves, Siavash Amini, Drombeg, Wolf Maps, Zenjungle, and Ed Hamilton. The album was mastered by none other than Rafael Anton Irisarri.


‘I Can See You Whisper’