Album Review

Benoit Pioulard – “Precis ” – [Kranky]

Thurston Hunger   9/21/2006   A Library, CD

Best artwork-of-the-year candidate, and the music takes its
clues from it as well. Especially the initial track which
launches like a tracer to light up everything else. Pleny of
sparkle shimmer throughout, with a silhoutte offering vocals.
Said man behind the shadow is 20-year old Thomas Meluch, who
evidently is a cog in the Ghostly International machine. As
that label has been looking for ways out of its gleaming
techno-opolis towards posher pop apartments, so this release
offers dream-wrapped songs, short ones at that, blanketed in
acoustic guitar with spotting electronics to coat them.
Meluch’s hushed vocals disguise the lyrics, like hearing
someone’s thoughts on the subway. Meluch’s voice is pleasant
and offers no sharp edges on this floatational cushion. Solid
effort well within the canon of drift pop, and well deserving
of the fine Kranky firebrand! For me, the forays into non-vox
instrumentelapathy delivered big, not only is the leadoff
track commanding, the short “R Coloring” recalled an old
Thymme Jones work of drizzling glory and “Moth Wings” also
uses distant piano to excellent effect. “Coup de Foudre”
is another instro that is a child-mesmeric and may contain a
clue to Meluch’s nomme de sonic plumage?’

-Thurston Hunger

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