Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Benoit Pioulard: "Palimend"


Thomas Meluch a.k.a. Benoit Pioulard

On October 16th Kranky released the first record from Thomas Meluch under his musical pseudonym Benoit Pioulard. The album, Precis, is a wonderful soundscape of delicate pop structures stretched over living and breathing field recordings and other organic sounds. This is an incredible album full of songs that feel remarkably alive and some that feel near the brink of death. Precis grabs ahold of you and, depending on your state of mind, it can either pull you to the deepest depths of the ocean or throw you high up into the clouds. Have a listen, both tracks come very highly recommended. If you like Yellow House, chances are you'll love this.

[MP3]: Benoit Pioulard :: Palimend (Highly Recommended!)
[MP3]: Benoit Pioulard :: Triggering Back (Highly Recommended!)
"Palimend" is the perfect example of why this record feels so alive. Lying just below the acoustic guitar and soft, warm vocals is something magical. The popping and chugging of what seems to be a heavily washed out drum track, turns out to feel more like a steam engine chugging by in the distance. Even more careful listening reveals what sounds like some sort of stream or river in motion. That, combined with the tambourine and bells creates an almost hypnotic sound, proving that Thomas' painstaking attention to detail has really paid off in the end.

Buy Precis from Kranky

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I've been noticing myself listening to a lot of the same stuff recently that I was listening to this same time last year. The New Pornographers' Electric Version is probably one of my favorite albums to listen to in the colder months. Does this happen to anyone else? What are some of your perfect Fall albums?

P.S. If you're reading this and it's October 25th, then it's my Birthday! Woo!
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16 Comments:

Anonymous bryon said...

happy almost your birthday from colorado

12:02 AM  
Blogger Matt said...

thanks bryon from colorado

12:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I fell in love with him too, he really is just fantastic, there is not a song on his album I wouldn't highly recommend.

Happy Birthday Matt! Hope you have a great day. :)

Cheers!

1:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

happy birthday!

1:41 AM  
Anonymous bhlogiston said...

Happy birthday! - from here, switzerland!

4:37 AM  
Anonymous Eddie said...

Happy birthday!

7:00 AM  
Anonymous Dean said...

Have a fab day Matt

8:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

happy birthday! the same thing definitely happens to me. i start feeling nostalgia from certain bands. Animal Collective always seems to end up on my fall playlists.

10:40 AM  
Blogger Andy said...

The progression of notes in "Triggering Back" kind of sounds like that Beyonce song in one part. Happy B-day, you are my favorite blogger out of all the ones I read including the one I write for, theyellowstereo. Keep it up, you make my life better with every post.

Andy

2:54 PM  
Anonymous ben said...

It always seems like Devendra, Pinback, and Modest Mouse get alot of spins in the colder months for me. Happy Birthday!

3:43 PM  
Blogger Kyle said...

Happy Birthday, Matt.

3:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

we are singing "yea yeah ..." with Matt & Kim the whole day and also love "Palimend" so much

thank you and happy birthday

karin, malin & michael

4:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy B'day dude. =)
The links to both the songs are not working for me, though :(

9:48 AM  
Blogger Brad aka Penguin said...

Happy Birthday Matt!

10:41 PM  
Blogger Ben said...

i also listen to the new pornographers especially, and also the shins, a lot more during the winter.

5:42 AM  
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