Noyaux follows up Benoît Pioulard’s recent release for ambient overlords Kranky with this new full-length on Morr Music. Four tracks stretch themselves out over the record, each one relating to a family member. I guess Pioulard must like his family, as these are beautifully warm pieces of droning ambience.
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- Noyaux by Benoit Pioulard
8/10 Laurie Staff review, 30 October 2015
*** Weather-based review intro incoming ***
So the weather, right. What’s that all about?? It’s been shit and rainy for the last 3 days here in Leeds and my feet are all sogged out. Not that you care, reading this from your London sunhouse or Californian desert, but it’s been a nightmare packing all the records with cold damp toes. Jeez, enough with the sob stories…
But one of those great moments happened where the rain stopped and the sun broke through into Norman Towers for the first time in many many hours. Even Ian noticed. At the same time, the golden chords of American-pretending-to-be-French man Benoit Pioulard’s latest LP drift into the NR airspace, making everyone feel better about our respective worries. Phil was fretting about the latest shocker in The Walking Dead, and now he’s self employed earning £7000 a day from home. OK this isn’t THAT good but it really hits the spot.
Inspired by his immediate family, Noyaux contains 4 rays of sun-bathed, slow hymns for peaceful folk, featuring obscured swelling instruments (guitars?) on the edge of breakup, or overlaid by very quiet field recordings. It’s like the stuff that comes out on 12k, Taylor Deupree and that lot, as well as Chihei Hatakeyama and Hakobune and perhaps the Hibernate crew. It sort of sounds like the sun burning rain to a crisp. As it’s crisp friday, we then proceeded to eat the rain-crisps. If I haven’t conveyed how nice an album this is by now then that’s it, I give up, goodbye.
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