Benoît Pioulard, "Sonnet"

Friday, 06 March 2015 17:54 Kranky News & Events - Buzz Bin
Benoît Pioulard Sonnet
Kranky Release: 30 March 2015
"The basis of the album was a series of field recordings of tones and unintentional harmonies that I made in the summer & fall of 2013 - whistling industrial air conditioners, bird songs, locust drones, washing machines - that I mimicked or interpreted on the guitar, making loops that developed into fuller compositions.
Several of the pieces are recreations of harmony loops that I heard in a series of extraordinarily vivid dreams, and then woke up and recorded.
A few pieces had lyrics and vocal parts that I ultimately removed; at a certain point the album became an exercise in restraint, so I strove to leave only what I felt absolutely essential.
Unlike most of my previous recordings, there are no digital / software after-effects on the album; all sounds are from analog tape and / or my few guitar pedals." Thomas Meluch (Benoit Pioulard)
The sound of the fifth Benoit Pioulard full length is lush and verdant, a temperate rain forest of ear ecstasy that reflects the environment surrounding the artist. A mostly instrumental work, it is an adept melding of song and sound, melody and texture, the intangible and the palpable, that in an abstract sense recalls the more fractured and loose end of the 70ʼs krautrock movement.
track listing:
1. With No Advantage 2. The Gilded Fear That Guides The Flow 3. Of Everything That Rhymes 4. Is In Its Clearest Form 5. An Image Apart From Ourselves 6. Whose Palms Create 7. As Would a Weaver 8. A Shade of Celadon 9. So Etched in Memory 10. Upon the Break Arch 11. That Wounded Weathered 12. Shut-ins on Sunday See 13. The Very Edge of its Flame 14. And Relent
press quotes for previous release Hymnal:
"Thomas Meluch probes discomfort, harmony, and unique production techniques to assemble music  which flows naturally even if it takes no easy path to be heard." Brainwashed
"Stripped down yet elegant." Stereogum
"Meluch swims through a deep sea, at turns surreal folk, mythic ambiance, and organic fade." Consequence of Sound