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Benoit Pioulard

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Benoit Pioulard

Benoit Pioulard

12" LP

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2010 release, the third album from Thomas Meluch AKA Benoit Pioulard. Thomas has toured throughout North America and Europe since his last record, the process of which has had a marked impact on the development of these songs as lyrics and structures have been scrapped, tweaked and reworked in the live setting. As with previous albums it was recorded and mixed in domestic isolation, this time throughout the rainy season in his current home of Portland, Oregon. While the extent of the dreary climate's influence on the results is left to the listener's discretion, what is certain is that Thomas has a preternatural ability to weave disparate sound components into a cohesive sonic tapestry, mixing a varied palette of field recordings and percussive elements along with melancholy melodies to create songs that recall and are akin to vespers of long-buried memories.

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Lasted is one of the first Benoît Pioulard releases to not have misty album artwork, and it's probably not a coincidence that this is some of Thomas Meluch's most substantial-feeling music. His earlier EPs and albums focused on his skill with sound design and arrangements, which draped an alluring fog over his songs. Temper lifted some of the sonic blur around his music, allowing Meluch's voice and songwriting to shine in their own right, but Lasted puts them front and center. This isn't a drastic change -- the hypnotic guitars, dulcet vocals, and dreamy atmospheres that have marked Benoît Pioulard's music since Enge and Precis are still here, but Meluch uses them in a slightly more straightforward fashion. Where his songs used to be little more than shimmering glimpses, they now have breadth and depth: “Tack & Tower” builds into one Meluch's biggest choruses, while “A Coin on the Tongue”'s warmth is subtly familiar, as if you're remembering the song even as you hear it for the first time. “RTO” is the most accessible version of Benoît Pioulard's pastoral dream pop yet, reaffirming that Meluch can convey the pink-cheeked rush of being outdoors like few other artists, but the title track's finger snaps and electric guitars add a more metropolitan feel. While these are some of Meluch's strongest, most direct songs, they're still unpredictable: “Shouting Distance”'s good-natured folk-pop is made strange with unusual harmonies and a melody that takes the scenic route to its hooks. Lasted's sense of purpose extends to its found sound interludes, which feel like journeys to the album's full-fledged songs instead of breaks between them. “Purse Discusses” and “Passenger” make the travel motif explicit with looping train noises and chirping birds, and if there was ever a musician whose music was made to be played while gazing at a changing landscape, it's Meluch's. While a few songs return to his more impressionistic approach -- “Tie” is masterfully textured, combing wooly distortion over delicate acoustic picking, and “Sault” evokes light twinkling on water -- most of Lasted pushes forward, revealing Meluch as a more confident artist in the process. His music is still made for, and seemingly out of, reveries, but Benoît Pioulard's cohesive mood and ever-more distinctive style give Lasted lasting impact.

Additional Information

Artist Benoit Pioulard
Track Listing Purse Discusses 2:49 Sault 3:18 RTO 3:43 Gloss 1:50 Tie 3:25 Shouting Distance 3:06 Fluoresce 2:19 Lasted 2:52 Weird Door 1:10 Ailleurs 2:56 Passenger 1:05 Tack & Tower 3:28 A Coin On The Tongue 2:39 Nod 5:22

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