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Pioulard, Benoit / Sonnet
Album:Sonnet Collection:General
Artist:Pioulard, Benoit Added:04/2015
Label:Kranky 

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Add Date:2015-04-03 Pull Date:2015-06-05 Charts:Classical/Experimental
Week Ending:7 Jun31 May24 May17 May10 May3 May26 Apr19 Apr
Airplays:23334434

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Album Review
DJ Away
Reviewed 2015-04-02 
Thomas Meluch’s fifth release for Kranky is a major shift from the gauzy, breathtaking, home-recorded pop of his previous albums. The textures are familiar, but here Meluch has made a mostly instrumental record, created entirely from analog tape recordings and guitar effects. Full of warm and rough-edged tones, washed out plucked guitar, and angelic whistling, this might be the most magical thing Meluch has ever created. He writes: “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.” It’s mesmerizing. All tracks blend into one another, so this is perfect for continuous play. (Or just fade these tracks in and out manually.) Everything’s lovely, but my favorites are 3, 5, 7, 10, 12. Instrumental except for 8. No FCCs.

1. (0:33)—Watery, gleaming intro.
2. (4:36)—Keening, high-pitched loop devoured by a roaring drone.
3. *(5:03)—Piercing, wispy high-pitched tones. Warm low-end that builds gracefully and gradually. So damn beautiful.
4. (0:40)—Guitar feedback, faded guitar picking.
5. *(3:42)—Sedate, warm, shadowy. A tampered speech loop creates a subtle rhythm.
6. (4:06)—Like waves crashing on a beach in blinding brightness.
7. *(1:34)—Tones whirling and scraping across a clear sky.
8. (2:27)—Slow, driving bass line. Vocals! Some of the lyrics are the song titles, and others are really difficult to discern. Like the intro to a huge shoegaze song. Cymbals.
9. (2:56)—A more granulated, consistent drone. Less low end.
10. *(5:36)—Grand, droning, gleaming, serenely pretty.
11. (1:18)—Fractured, rippling tones.
12. *(3:19)—Dark, warm, soft, with a swelling, ghostly vocal-like loop.
13. (7:29)—Chiming tones going down and up and down forever. An ebbing, flowing, sparkling drone underneath.
14. (2:41)—Soothing windblown drone—a long and calm exhaling at the end.

Track Listing
1.With No Advantage 8.A Shade Of Celadon
2.The Gilded Fear That Guides The Flow 9.So Etched In Memory
3.Of Everything That Rhymes 10.Upon The Break Arch
4.Is In Its Clearest Form 11.That Wounded Weathered
5.An Image Apart From Ourselves 12.Shut-Ins On Sunday See
6.Whose Palms Create 13.The Very Edge Of Its Flame
7.As Would A Weaver 14.And Relent