news archive

29 august 2012

i am pleased to announce that there will be a new benoit pioulard full length on kranky in early 2013.

for now, i have covered a beautiful song by my friends birds are indie,
& remixed an equally lovely one by frank rabeyrolles.

also, i will be playing my first-ever shows in australia very soon:

4 october : brisbane @ brisbane powerhouse
5 october : sydney @ the square, haymarket
6 october : melbourne @ the gasometer hotel
7 october : perth @ the bird

2 june 2012

i created an interpretation of a song by springerparker that is now available via itunes.

14 may 2012

sean curtis patrick has directed a lovely video for the orcas song "arrow drawn", which is viewable here.

17 april 2012

my collaborative lp as orcas with rafael anton irisarri is now available via morr music.
a digital edition with bonus tracks is up at itunes and the cd + vinyl editions (including download)
are available from forced exposure (u.s.) and boomkat (uk/eu).

20 january 2011

in honor of singer trish keenan, who passed away last week, my friend rafael anton irisarri and i recorded a
version of her band broadcast's song "until then", which can be downloaded here.

ms. keenan has been an immense influence to me for many years and i am shocked & saddened by her loss.

29 december 2010

i have created a soundcloud page featuring songs from the entirety of the past decade, as well as a few
versions, covers & other bits from under the radar.

18 december 2010

fm dust has created a bandcamp page, through which you may now download the songs from
my split cassette with campfires for free; it features an exclusive piece & a demo version of the song "tie"
from my recent album lasted.

15 december 2010

san francisco-based directorial duo church & steak have just finished a beautiful video for the title track from lasted,
which may be viewed here.

also, my friends balmorhea asked me for an original version of their gorgeous song "clamor", which is now
available with other variations on itunes via this link.

4 december 2010

video artist and choreographer jason akira somma has created a fantastic visual piece featuring an
unreleased song by me called "a bend in the mast", which can be viewed here.

several critics have weighed in on my new album lasted with flattering remarks; see what they're saying here
and order your own copy via the product page.

14 october 2010

new york-based director daniel algarin has created a lovely video for the song "a coin on the tongue" from lasted,
which may be viewed here.

also, self-titled magazine has posted a mix i made for these chilly autumn days.

11 october 2010

my new album lasted is officially available today via kranky;
likewise the full-length valley cassette sees release via fm dust.
both are available on the product page along with framed photos & other items from the recent past.
endless thanks to all for the love & support that made these things possible.

20 september 2010

lost tribe sound has issued its first label compilation, which features two songs by yours truly.
planet claire has posted an in-studio performance & interview (in french) from november 2009 here.
also, a selection of new photos & videos has been added to the see page.

14 august 2010

circle into square filmed me playing acoustic versions of a few new songs by the riverside
in portland; you may see the video

11 june 2010

i am pleased to announce the release of the next benoît pioulard album for the fine folks at kranky.
it is called lasted & will be released in cd, vinyl & digital formats as krank145 on 11 october 2010.

i am also currently assembling a handmade edition which will be limited to 25 copies to be sold
through this site in the weeks leading up to the official release.

thankyou to everyone for all the love & support.

10 march 2010

however overdue, my profound thanks go to everyone who attended the shows, helped along
the way & made my first european tour such an amazing experience back in november.

an expansive piece about the excursion written by natasha li pickowicz is set to appear in the
spring issue of signal to noise magazine, and you can watch a two-part performance & interview
video filmed in paris here and here.

philadelphia's a sunny day in glasgow have graciously included my interpretation of their song
"nitetime rainbows" as part of a new 12"/digital ep.
download it from itunes here.

fm dust has released a split cassette featuring new pieces by myself & campfires.
it's limited to 30 copies & can be ordered here.

9 june 2009

the very talented duo of church & steak has created a beautiful video for the song "a woolgathering
exodus" from my album temper, which can be seen here.

11 may 2009

i've returned from my first tour with windy & carl and wish to thank them as well as everyone in attendance for making
it such a positive, enjoyable & encouraging experience.

i am now selling copies of my brand-new 7" ep flocks via the product page, along with limited-edition sets of cards
and handmade/hand-stamped envelopes to send to those whom you care about.
please feel free to email me with questions and/or orders.

27 march 2009

i will be embarking on a two-week tour of eastern north america with my friends windy & carl beginning april 22nd.
a full schedule and details are on my myspace page; i hope to meet you in unfamiliar territory.

view poster here

a brand new 7" ep entitled flocks will be for sale exclusively on the road before seeing official release later in the spring.
it will be on pale yellow vinyl with a fancy jacket and is being released via the Blue Flea imprint.

also, the french label arbouse recordings has assembled a unique and beautiful compilation, musique pour statues menhirs,
to which I have contributed an exclusive piece entitled "je resterai ici tandis que vous changerez".
it will be available from the label in late april.

6 january 2009

several gracious websites and blogs have seen fit to include my album temper in their year-end lists for 2008.
details and links can be found here.

also, i've contributed a piece for kesh's 88 tapes compilation that is available exclusively via boomkat.
it can be streamed and downloaded here.

23 october 2008

a new benoît pioulard 7" ep entitled lee is now available exclusively through this site, but will see official
release on november 11 through the hall of owls imprint.

lee is an homage to the great lee hazlewood, who died on my birthday in 2007. the a-side is a version of his song
"sundown, sundown", while the flip contains a rendition of "someone's rocking my dreamboat" by the ink spots,
another lifelong favorite.

lee is limited to 300 copies on white, black and marble vinyl; it can be previewed here and ordered here, alone or as
part of a small collection of new things.

13 october 2008

today marks the release of temper, my second full-length for kranky.
orders from the product page of this site will receive an exclusive badge and stickers, though it is also
available from boomkat, amazon, itunes and emusic.
many thanks to those whose support made this possible.

7 october 2008 has premiered a video for a song from temper called "ragged tint", which can be seen here.
the clip was directed by ryan jeffery and filmed on sauvie island during a full moon.

2 september 2008

the fader has posted an interview along with the premiere of a video i made for the song "idyll" from
my new album temper.

2 august 2008

unfinished has posted a recent interview with yours truly, which can be read here.

22 july 2008

my new full length album temper will be released october 13, 2008 on kranky;
a series of short promotional videos is up now on the see page.

also, the expanded reissue of the enge ep is now available for purchase via itunes, emusic and
other digital retailers.

finally, i have created an hour-long podcast of some favorite songs for the cloudcast,
which has been posted for free here.

7 july 2008

some recent and upcoming things:


twenty of my polaroid photographs are on display at rad summer (3611 se division, portland) throughout
the month of july, including those featured in the sleeve of my upcoming album. most will be available
through this site at a cost of $35 framed (plus postage) in the near future.


the wonderful moodgadget label will soon release a digital version of enge, my first EP from 2005,
re-mastered with exclusive material. remixes by praveen, small sails, and viul and a new piece,
"aeolian death song", are featured alongside the original four tracks.
a selection of reviews for enge can be found here.


also coming up is the release of songs spun simla, a 6-song collaboration between the remarkably talented
praveen sharma
and myself. sss will be issued on CD via music related on september 2nd, but some
of the pieces are up now for listening on praveen's myspace page.

18 february 2008

there is a new video for an unreleased piece called "sweep generator (dusk version)" on the see page.
the original will appear on my forthcoming kranky full-length.

15 december 2007

i have updated the see page with a new series of polaroids from the past year.
also, i've finished recording a new album & 7" with hopes for release in the second half of 2008.

10 october 2007

moodgadget's new compilation expanse at low levels is now available digitally, featuring an exclusive
track by me called "sunol (version one)" & a collaboration between myself & tstewart (aka machinedrum)
entitled "wonders of blunders", as well as plenty of other beautiful things.

expanse at low levels can be accessed on itunes here.

25 june 2007

the people at play my tape have posted a half-hour mix of long-time favorites assembled by yours truly
& entitled rain in may's drain basin bay, which is available for free download here.

also, as part of his ten songs project chris walker has put up a special tracklist with notes that i created
based on my experience during a recent excursion. read all about it here.

9 april 2007

i have contributed words & vocals to a new song by my friend praveen entitled "death as a man",
which is now available to stream on his myspace page.

29 march 2007

textura has graciously made me a part of its new interview series backtracking; you may read the feature here.

31 january 2007

my new 7" ep fir is now available from boomkat & other fine distributors.

also, my song "triggering back" is today's installment in the kexp song of the day podcast, to which you may subscribe here.
the video for "triggering back" remains available on the see page.

16 january 2007

the website for german newspaper zeit is now featuring a gallery of my photography with links to songs,
and seattle's kexp is featuring "triggering back" in its current music that matters podcast.

28 december 2006

this week marks the release of ghostly's digitally exclusive itunes ep new faces, which features a
new song by yours truly called "little a strongly more grow i", as well as tracks from some other lovely people.

new faces can be accessed here, & all tracks can be streamed in full here.

sincere thanks to everyone who has supported my efforts this past year; here's to 2007.

23 december 2006

rounding out an entirely unexpected season of praise, précis has appeared on several "best of 2006" lists;
links to these & other kind words are available here.

14 december 2006

i have contributed two exclusive ringtones to the library of - you may listen to & download them
for free here. also available are tones from pan american, alva noto & many others.

12 december 2006

flatteringly, i have been named spin magazine's artist of the day today; you may read what they have to say here.

5 december 2006

the video for "triggering back", directed by adam hunt, is now available for viewing on the see page.

2 december 2006

in case you missed it last year, my (original) christmas song "rays in the tallow", commissioned by
ghostly international, is once again available for free here.

finally, visit the see page to view a new selection of polaroids, & the love section to find some recent kind
words about précis.

17 november 2006

Nerd Litter has posted a benoît pioulard interview in two parts : [one] [two]
also, reviews of précis continue to come in from lots of places; see what people are saying here.

24 october 2006

Lost at Sea has published a benoît pioulard feature, which you may read here.

21 october 2006

précis has received extremely kind words from the likes of stylus, filter magazine & almost cool;
see what they have to say in the love section & find more information about the album here.

16 october 2006

my album précis is now available worldwide via kranky.
information, images & sounds can be found here.

you may acquire a copy directly from me, at most good record stores,
or digitally from bleep or itunes.

several periodicals have already weighed in with remarks on précis; you may see
what they're saying in the recently updated love section.

thankyou everything & everyone.

9 october 2006

the handmade edition of précis is now sold out - many thanks to all who ordered.
the kranky edition remains available here, along with other ephemera.

happy autumn.

18 september 2006

i have completed a handmade edition of my album précis, limited to twenty-five copies [each with
exclusive content] & available for just a few dollars more than the standard kranky release.

full details, ordering information & sound clips are available here.

29 august 2006

moodgadget's new compilation the rorschach suite, is available now through various digital music
retailers including itunes, emusic, & beatport. the album features the song "kids are getting younger"
from the enge ep.

also, i recently contributed words & singing to a lovely song by my friend praveen, which
he has entitled "embers". you may hear it now on his myspace page.

3 august 2006

i am happy to announce that my first album for the wonderful kranky label, entitled précis,
will be released on october 16, 2006 worldwide.

details & a free mp3 are available from the kranky website, my myspace profile, & this very site.

1 july 2006

the song "kids are getting younger" (from the enge ep) will feature on the various artists cd rorschach suite,
to be released this summer on moodgadget.

1 june 2006

an extremely generous review of the enge ep has been published by indieville.
click here to read it, & find more kind words here.

also, the new issue of the wonderful british publication amelia's magazine (spring/summer 2006)
contains a 3-page benoît pioulard feature. it can be previewed and ordered here.

16 may 2006

a new benoît pioulard cdr release, dakota / housecoat, is available in an edition of
50 handmade copies.

more information & excerpts can be found here.

5 april 2006

kind new reviews of the enge ep can be found in modernfix magazine & impact press.
excerpts of these & other press items can be found here.

9 december 2005

on commission from ghostly international, i have recorded a holiday ode
called "rays in the tallow". download it here to warm your icy days.

21 october 2005

a new benoit pioulard track, entitled "the depths & the seashore", will appear on
the ghostly international compilation cd/lp idol tryouts two in march 2006.
here is an excerpt:

the depths & the seashore [clip]

8 october 2005

nice new reviews of the enge ep are up now at the milk factory and altar magazine.
read them here:

the milk factory
altar magazine

22 september 2005

i am pleased to announce that the kind people at kranky will be releasing
a benoit pioulard full-length album sometime in 2006.

also, i have finished a version of mobius band's "you're wrong", the original recording
of which comes from their album the loving sounds of static. here is an excerpt:

you're wrong (benoit pioulard version) [clip]

8 july 2005

my new 7", enge, is out now.
here is more information about it.
this is what people are saying about it.

1 july 2005

new reviews of the enge ep are up now on stylus, textura,
lost at sea and the ann arbor paper. click below for full text.

lost at sea
ann arbor paper
other reviews

7 june 2005

direwires has officially released the cd "there's life after winter" (mgt-003), which features
my rendition of the song "oh, her", along with lots of of other pretty things.

oh, her (benoit pioulard's serenade) [clip]
visit direwires

23 may 2005

the kind folks at all music guide have just reviewed the enge 7" with such words as 'precious' and 'cerebral',
as well as a four star rating; read their take in full here.