Sunday, November 29, 2009
Benoit Pioulard - dakota/housecoat
dakota/housecoat is essentially a two track EP released in the summer of 2005 by Benoit Pioulard, a very talented artists who has gone on to release albums with Kranky Records. Pioulard's compositions are intricately woven tapestries of lush, haunting tones with soft distortion and warped cassette loops. This particular album was recorded live to tape using guitar, homemade theremin, and cassettes. The feeling evoked in this music is not dissimilar to awaking from a dream. That hazy, disillusioned feeling that everything in the waking life is a pale reflection upon the inner workings of the subconscious mind. The music is ethereal in nature, mesmeric at times, cacophonous at others, yet the contrasting elements mesh freely and fluidly making the music constantly dynamic and engaging. The album was originally released on cdr with handmade packaging and inserts, and limited to 50 copies. Needless to say, if you aren't in possession of one of these, chances are you never will be. dakota/housecoat is idyllic listening for those who prefer to stay engulfed in haze.