Benoit Pioulard - The Benoit Pioulard Listening Matter LP
The sixth release on the Kranky label from musician Thomas Meluch follows a rough period of grief and recovery. A return of sorts to the bedroom shoegaze pop of his earlier recordings after last years largely instrumental and ambient Sonnet, this new album is marked by short dreamy guitar-driven songs of love, hurt and loss framed often by a cushioning ambience of field-recordings and musique concrete. Probably his most intimate and sparingly uplifting release. Yet the songs do not linger in their moodiness, but instead propel forward remarkably with the ponderous urgency of life. For fans of Caribou, Beck and Iron and Wine.