On his sixth release for Kranky Benoît Pioulard weaves delicate candyfloss pop melodies through a hazy wooden shack in the sun setting. Reflective and at peace pop songs that let you just take a minute for yourself. Delicately plucked guitars and satisfyingly found sound-like percussion takes you away from it all.
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Perfect for the onset of Autumn is the latest missive from Portland based multi-genre explorer Beniout Pioulard (aka Tom Meluch) . I imagine where he lives the the Pacific North West the leaves are currently all manner of colours and he’s perhaps made the perfect album for trudging through them.
This is Mr Pioulard at his poppiest, his previous record ‘Sonnett’ was pure ambience which initially disappointed me before it weirdly became my favourite record to run to. This one however is very much like the music he produced on albums such as ‘Lasted’ but with a much more upbeat feel in it’s spiralling acoustic pop. The album contains several impressive vignettes which bring to mind both the lo-fi song craft of Lou Barlow’s Sentridoh project as well as rustic Yorkshire’s own Hood on their strummy and singalong works as ‘Lee Faust’s Million Piece’ Orchestra. This is whip smart lo-fi pop for the fireside on a damp and murky November day. Songs flash by in an instant and are at times dangerously poppy. Meluch uses the tried and tested lo-fi feel of lovely strummy guitars, splashing percussion and that haunting melancholy voice which has been rather underused in recent years. My only slight criticism of the record is in it’s second half a few tracks drift by without leaving too much of an impression and over 13 tracks things can feel a little samey but possibly aware of this Meluch has interspersed them with delicious ambient pieces. ‘I Walked into The Blackness and Built A Fire’ sounds so much like Memory Drawings with the distinctive hammered dulcimer intro that I had to read the credits to check to see if one of them was involved but no all these instruments are by Meluch himself. Tracks such as ‘A Mantle For Charon’ are just delicious. Utterly perfect warmhearted lo-fi pop that I want to burst with pride that someone is out there making my favourite music for me.
The record was made during a period of grief and turmoil for Meluch. I hope this has helped healed him. It certainly is going to be one of the most vital records to get us all through the upcoming winter band for that I can only given him thanks.
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