Biography

Noticed in 1988 by the English label Valotte records, the band Collection d'Arnell-Andréa, reduced at this time to the founder  nucleus (Chloé St Liphard & Jean-Christophe d’Arnell), records the 4 tracks of its first 12” entitled Autumn's Breath for Anton's Death. This record, unobtainable today, presents a musical atmosphere particularly deep and bewitching, that, at once appealed to both sides of the  Channel.

Coming out in 1989Un Automne à Loroy, real funeral oration, coloured by the Autumn, in which  stands out Chloé’s wonderful voice and the long sob of the cello, has a warm welcome from the press, in France and abroad. The music of Collection d'Arnell-Andréa is original because it realizes the perfect assimilation of instruments a priori antinomic: on a background of a minimum and metronomic rhythm composer, blend, the bass guitar, the cello, the simply or symphonic layers of the keyboards, and at least the voice, real instrument too. As for the lyrics, they have certain similarities to symbolism Poetry, arousing pictures of quiescent residences, pond under snow and old memories, lost in the foggy mornings of the bygone days…

Hoped by more and more fans, the new record of Collection d'Arnell-Andréa, entitled Au val des Roses“ comes out in Autumn 1990. The 8 tracks of this record may seem different from each others but in fact, they all join in the “deep and tenebrous unity” of what we have to name from now on: the proper style of CDAA.

“This music is both impassioned and ravishing. Entrance me to the end of love”  

Melody Maker (GB)

“The style of this French combo could almost be categorised as a form of chamber music in which they add droning bass, drum machine and the ethereal vocals of Chloé St Liphard to violins and cellos”  

For The Record (USA)

At the beginning of 1992Collection d'Arnell-Andréa unveils Les Marronniers, a genuine album with 11 tracks. This third album remind these introspective journeys that charm and change anyone who enters into them. A “search” where the sincerity is omnipresent, immortalizing in this way, a strange universe of nature, memories, fears and dreams. Then, the emotions follow one another, from beginning to end, and bunches of cellos, pianos and voices come from more classical constructed songs.

The fourth album, Villers-Aux-Vents , recorded in 1994,  is a solemn promenade into the dark universe of the first world war (1914-1918). Soldiers, buried victims, crosses, muddy shadows in the trenches… This music is pure Collection d'Arnell-Andréa, but perhaps more tense than ever, with saturated guitars evoking the tragedy of the fights. The opening track of this album is the famous dark hit : “Les Cendre-Lisières”…

New album for Collection d'Arnell-Andréa in 1996Cirses des champs. A pastoral stroll, a rural madrigal with bunches of songs that one can leaf through like an herbarium. Stories of plants, memories of past childhoods… The music is as ever bewitching… sometimes surprising with a dance tempo. Listen to the song’s strong and sure melody and get into an impressionist and chlorophyll-flavoured universe… but beware! In a field of poppies and cornflowers, always grow and hide wild armful of nettles…

Five albums tinged with poetry, spleen and eternity… which have succeed in moving Californians, Chinese journalists of Taïwan, or many radios from Brazil, Portugal, Belgium and somewhere else… a French music that proves that “Collectionism” is an universal language…

1998: "Best Of" Coll AGE, a double CD compilation with 2 periods 1996-1992 and 1992-1988.

2002: Tristesse des Mânes 14 songs, composed in the spirit of the French classical musicians of the end of 19th century. These “neo-classical” compositions (pieces for cello, piano, viola and voices),  the poetry of the lyrics, present more emotion than ever, and Chloé’s heavenly voice evokes a very dark and deep romantism, as if time didn’t exists anymore…

“This band remains one of the best and most original parts of the gothic scene! Simply brillant” 

Side Line (B)

2003Villers-aux-Vents new edition in digipack CD (re-mastered + bonus track + multimedia track, including 2 videos)

“The album has touches of X-mal Deutschland, Dead Can Dance or Cocteau Twins, yet remains something totally different in many ways, especially with the themes of the songs. Although the tone of the album is heavy and dark, the mood tends to be uplifting and powerful…” 

Darklife (B)

2004Un Automne à Loroy new edition of the first album of the band, in digipack CD (re-mastered + bonus track + multimedia track including  videos from first concerts)

2004The Bower of Despair. The beautiful and very dark artwork of the luxuous black digipack announces the main concept: feelings, memories, and thoughts of a man who knows that his end is near…The songs are very dark and powerful, mixing acoustic instruments like cello, viola, voices, with electronic keyboards, and all the power of guitars….with no doubt, their “darkest” album!

“gothic masterpiece reminiscent of Siouxsie, Faith & the Muse, Sister of Mercy…In fact the band releases their better album ever done and furthermore a mythic CD for the dark cold wave scene. Music starts smoothly with Chloé’s voice, violin and guitar rising gradually in beats’ trance with distorted guitars. The track “Wild trees” is a real “chef d’oeuvre” of black softness, with symphonic melodies, ethereal voices and a deep feeling of nostalgia.” 

Projekt (USA)

2005Au Val des Roses new edition in digipack CD (re-mastered + bonus track + multimedia track including 1 video and pictures)

2007Exposition – Eaux-fortes & Méandres. To create the music and the lyrics of their 8th album, Collection d'Arnell-Andréa have taken inspiration from eleven paintings coming mainly from the 19th century. This very dark album integrates many influences like: Nine Inch Nails, Cocteau Twins…

“Musically this album met my tastes as it contains electronic arrangements, upbeat rhythms, passionate vocals. The band blend post punk inflkuences (sometimes I heard also echoes of Virgin Prunes), strings orchestrations, electronic layers (see the bassline of “The monk on the Shore” or “Into Flowers”) and theatrical vocals that will convince you in no time. Since the opening “Les sombres plis de l’âme” I was hypnotized by the string line that recalled me some parts of Velvet Underground’s “Venus in furs” . Perfect!” 

Chaindlk.com (GB)

2008 : Les Marronniers new edition in digipack CD (re-mastered + bonus track + multimedia track including 1 video live: “Les temples élevés” / chamber music orchestra line up)

2010Cirses des Champs new edition in digipack CD (re-mastered + multimedia track including videos and pictures)

The rare concerts of Collection d'Arnell-Andréa bring an additional access to this original universe, with the projection of movies, and pictures on a large screen, on the back of the stage, during the performance….behind the 7 musicians.

Line-up (current)

Jean-Christophe d'Arnell
He is the main writer and composer (with very few exceptions). He's also playing piano, keyboards, metal keys, and percussions.
 
Chloé St Liphard
She is the main singer and makes Collection d'Arnell-Andréa sound so distinctive with a touch of melancholy.
 
Xavier Gaschignard
He's playing cello since Au Val des Roses.
 
Franz Torrès-Quévédo
He's playing guitar and bass guitar since Les Marronniers. He's also playing in O Quam Tristis, another French band, who released a first LP in 2000.
 
Carine Grieg
She's playing keyboards and also singing on some titles. She's also playing on some titles of another French Band, Opera Multi Steel.
 
Thibault d'Aboville
He's playing Viola (Alto) on Tristesse des Mânes. He's also playing in another band called Gantök.
 
Vincent Magnien
He's playing electric guitars on the album The Bower of Despair.
 

For more information about collaborations with other bands, see "Related Works" topic.

Former musicians

Peter Rakoto
He was playing bass guitar on the first 2 albums Un Automne à Loroy and Au Val des Roses.
 
Stephan Kehlsen
He was playing bass guitar on Cirses des Champs.
 
Charlotte
She's just quoted as playing cello on Un Automne à Loroy.
 
Thierry Simonnet
He was playing keyboards on Un Automne à Loroy.
 
Pascal Andréa
He's the "mysterious man"; he was also a co-founder of the band (this explains the name) but left the band just before the first show according to Jean-Christophe d'Arnell.