In case you missed it, here's my review of Benoît Pioulard from last week's Flavorpill/Earplug:
Benoît Pioulard, Précis
Released October 2006
Thomas Meluch's Benoît Pioulard project finds him melding his love for field sounds, reel-to-reel recordings, and the carefully crafted, vintage electronic tones of Boards of Canada with a deep knowledge of folk and pop structure. The 22-year-old's rooting in drone and ambient music leads off the album with "La Guerre de Sept Ans," a series of simple, tense guitar loops that build into a wall of blissful static, then flow into "Together and Down," a melancholy seafarers' song. Like this poignant contrast in styles, many songs beautifully combine textured electronic elements with live instrumentation to add depth to the songwriting. On "Patter," gelatinous synthesizer tones seep into the spaces between acoustic guitar notes, while "Moth Wings" demonstrates Meluch's mastery of nuance: simple piano tones are captured and processed through a tape delay, resulting in a crusted, antique sound, like that of old vinyl recovered from the attic. (CJN)
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