Benoît Pioulard
Sonnet
Kranky
/
2015
LP
18.29/24.39
KRANK193LP
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Tracklist
1With No Advantage 0:33
2The Gilded Fear That Guides The Flow 4:36
3Of Everything That Rhymes 5:03
4Is In Its Clearest Form 0:40
5An Image Apart From Ourselves 3:42
6Whose Palms Create 4:06
7As Would A Weaver 1:34
8A Shade Of Celadon 2:27
9So Etched In Memory 2:56
10Upon The Break Arch 5:36
11That Wounded Weathered 1:18
12Shut-Ins On Sunday See 3:19
13The Very Edge Of Its Flame 7:29
14And Relent 2:41

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 70's krautrock movement.

"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)