Sylvian Chauveau is a French composer based in Brussels who creates minimal piano pieces with a modern finesse; incorporating electronics and other brass, wind, string and other instruments. Having composed film soundtracks and music for theatre productions, Chauveau’s compositions contain an almost visual quality which creates an atmosphere and mood which subtly changes throughout Nocturne Impalpable.
180 gram, clear vinyl.
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It’s all getting a little fraught out here in Record Shop land. We’ve had a Secret Santa in the middle of what is pretty much the busiest day since records began (ha! geddit?)
Something that will soothe even the most stressed out soul is the music of Sylvain Chauveau. Initially part of the neo-classical movement that also bred Max Richter, Chauveu has collaborated with Bill Callahan and released an album of Depeche Mode covers as well as producing rich tapestries of instrumental beauty such as the record I have in my grubby mitts as I type which is in fact a re-issue from way back in 2001.
This is the type of relaxing classical-style music that is immediately easy on the ear. On opener ‘Blanc’, simple piano notes provide a bass for beautiful cello’s setting the tone for further pieces such as the exquisite ‘Cet Enfer Miraculeux’ with its interweaving cellos and simple clarinet’s. Some tracks contain cello’s only and are very much like Arvo Part in construction but further investigation reveals Steve Reich like organs and cut up radio sounds as well as haunting ghostly piano pieces. The record is varied in tone and texture but always beautiful to the ear.
Fans of Max Richter, Nils Frahm, Rachels will lap this stuff up. On clear vinyl.
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