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Benoît Pioulard – “Margin”

“Margin,” the first song to be released off, Hymnal, the new album from Benoît Pioulard (aka Thomas Meluch), is abruptly bookended with static and fractured sounds, making it sound like some long-lost broadcast from an ancient radio station. It’s an aesthetic Pioulard/Meluch has developed during his long time on Kranky, and brought to artists such… More »

By: Miles Bowe / January 24, 2013 - 1:47 pm

New Benoît Pioulard Video – “A Woolgathering Exodus”

Oregon transplant Benoît Pioulard, aka multi-instrumentalist and Praveen partner Thomas Meluch, played lead in the sunsetting wheat-field and fire-lined video for Temper track “Ragged Tint.” The Church & Steak-directed clip for another meditative Temper tune “A Woolgathering Exodus” goes the quietly beautiful animation route: A lonesome bearded dude can’t sleep, tries to catch some fireflies,… More »

By: brandon / June 8, 2009 - 12:21 pm

New Benoît Pioulard Video – “Ragged Tint”

Benoît Pioulard, aka Oregon (via Michigan) multi-instrumentalist Thomas Meluch, is putting out his gorgeous sophomore Kranky release Temper in a couple weeks. Meluch has earlier self-released CD-Rs and cassettes and the like, but 2006’s Précis and these 16 new compositions are easier to track down. See, for instance, the highly dramatic (and flammable) Ryan Jeffery-directed… More »

By: brandon / October 7, 2008 - 2:08 pm

New Benoît Pioulard Video – “Idyll”

We last heard from young Thomas Meluch aka Benoît Pioulard back when he was making lovely work out of “Triggering Back.” Since he’s left his home in Michigan for a new life in Portland (he won’t have a hard time finding people to hang out with) and is set to issue a follow-up to hi… More »

By: Amrit Singh / September 2, 2008 - 4:14 pm

New Benoît Pioulard Video – “Triggering Back”

Benoît Pioulard is Thomas Meluch, and his Kranky debut Précis is full of surreal folk, with plenty of textures in odd places from things like bells and dulcimers, mostly performed Thomas himself. We’re not blown away by his record, but the winning moments have us keeping tabs on the kid. And we mean “kid”; the… More »

By: Stereogum / December 8, 2006 - 11:55 am