I love you Benoît, and if that's quite alright, I love you Benoît. Yes, Norman favourite Benoît Pioulard finally has a follow-up to The Benoît Pioulard Listening Matter at the ready. That LP was a wonderful collection of folksy songs reminiscent of Jose Gonzalez and the like, washed out in the usual crackling haze of his more typical drone music. He's off to a good start with the alliterative title Slow spark, soft spoke, which would surely impress an English Literature teacher. Here he returns to the profound, melancholic textures of his drone music, offering slow-releasing lo-fi for you to chime along with your feelings to. It already came out on tape so you might have already heard it -- but if not, snatch up this gem.
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Being a fan of his more 'pop' orientated songwriting I hadn't previously got on 100% with some of Beniot Pioulard's earlier ambient pieces thinking that it was almost a wasted opportunity for him to be doing this when he can write such distinct songs and lyrics. I have to say though that Slow spark, soft spoke is the best thing I've heard from him working in an ambient field.
It consists of five slowly unfurling pieces that consist of simple swirling clouds of ambience perfectly decayed by presumably being fed through rusted tape machines. Each note seems to be perfectly won, the simplicity of the sound generates a profound sense of melancholy in the listener. Pioulard's music has always had a foggy autumnal quality but this sees it stretched out to it's ultimate place. Like arriving by train into misty wheat fields after a journey away from the city, the album seems to be the end of the line for Pioulard's music...where everything comes down to the purity of its sound.
It is near perfect lush ambient beauty that will appeal to fans of Celer, bvdub, ambient era Aphex Twin. Mesmerising.
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