temper (kranky, 2008)
Best of 2008: emusic | obscure sound | passion of the weiss | brainwashed | iso50 | chris walker vs. |
"Four Stars (****) - Temper's arrangements swirl, flutter, and sparkle like a just-shaken snow globe...Pioulard is equally
"Album of the Week: The noises are more intriguing, the ambiguity of instrumentation seems even more compelling, and
"Breathtaking...[Temper is] the product of resourceful and masterly design."
"A remarkably effortless cohabitation between bedroom electronics and wistful songwriting...Pioulard has a knack for
"Another stroke of success...it progresses upon his flexibility to manufacture new and startlingly unique methods of play."
"This album stands alone...it buries deeper, becoming more personal than you could ever explain in words.
"Few mix pretty and dark quite so well."
"Pioulard's distinctive process of melding opposites into a unified whole is a rare talent and one that will always be welcomed."
"Hazy and haunting...some of the best songs I've heard this year."
"PICK: With remarkable subtlety, he has delivered the holy grail of experimental pop music: a set of songs that are as hummable
"Four Stars [****] - the patient listener will be richly rewarded by Pioulard's beautiful arrangements and careful presentation.
"From found sound to drone noises, Pioulard beautifully integrates countless elements with traditional folk music. The end
"It’s a precious darling of a thing, and indelibly soothing...Temper rides a familiar floe out to some indeterminate,
"Sublime...There is no doubt that [Pioulard] is one of Kranky’s finest artists and for a label with that much talent,
"Effectively dissolves the boundaries between ambient and electro-folk until we can't imagine they were ever separated."
"[Pioulard's] songs are compact packages that still contain hours’ worth of clockwork ticking, birdsongs, underwater
"A many-layered affair, an engaging concoction of delicate electronics, birdsongs, and tape experiments that resonate
"A brilliant, dark essay in feeling down and out-there...It's a top listen, perfect for an autumnal reflection."
"Subtle and delicate...Resonating with rich detail and misty moods, Temper ultimately recalls the jagged wash
"However disparate its geographic points of reference, Temper is an artistically consistent, tonally temperate record...woven
"Richly textured melodies crack and fizzle with enough beauty and hazy romanticism to make your heart sigh...If it's
"The sound of being in someone else's head, quietly walking around for a minute in the washes of thought. Excellent."
"Short but perfectly-formed songs with melodies fighting to escape through the layers of feedback and sonic effects that
"Delicate electronic fuzz and layers of extra instrumentation swirl around the center in elegant symphony...when listening
"An album made for getting lost in...The result is something wintry and crystalline that both demands and supports
"[Temper] displays a wide range of musical influences, from electronica and dream pop to drone and folk...The overall feel
"A one-man exploration of intimate guitar 'n' vox bedroom pop, found-sound textural experimentalism, Laurel Canyon folk rock,
"The Benoît Pioulard sound exudes a ‘60s vibe that's hard to deny...a lovely album and a more-than-credible follow-up."
"Elegant pop songs combining acoustic and electronic sounds...with ethereal atmospheres and intimate cinematic images
"Lush, flowing, and really quite lovely...Highly enjoyable music for sunny days."
"Gorgeous...another unique and often-beautiful release."
"Take a moment to properly procure this album, leave the confines of your home or office, and venture into the world to
"An immensely satisfying listen."
"As haunting and delicate as anything Paul Simon, Nick Drake or Elliott Smith attempted at the peaks of their careers."
"[Like] an all day Jesus and Mary Chain jam during a power outage in Petoskey...put on some headphones and wander
"Eine schöne Folk-Pop Platte mit einem tollen Sound abseits des Gewöhnlichem, immer wieder gespickt mit kleinen
"Notable...otro muestrario de guitarras acústicas, melodías oníricas y ruidismo shoegaze pop. 8.5/10"
"Both pleasingly catchy and subdued at the same time...A beautifully serene life journey that Meluch invites you
"Joliment ficelé...La palette instrumentale de Pioulard lui permet de s'aventurer dans une série de petits paysages
"Temper può senz'altro considerarsi uno stadio di accresciuta maturità di un artista in grado di rappresentare il prototipo
"Takes the promise shown on his debut, adding and subtracting in all the right places...Temper is as intimate as you’d
"Like a collision between Iron & Wine and Boards Of Canada...there's a quality of musician and recording aesthetic
"De sfeer is donker, hypnotiserend en bovenal bijzonder fraai. Elke luisterbeurt ontdek je meer geluiden in deze rijk
"Temper is defined by the way that found sounds, field recordings, and the voice and guitar themselves are manipulated
"El equivalente a una pequeña figura humana paseando por un paisaje extraño. Un ejercicio en bellos contrastes,
"Un colchón de folk y electrónica crujiente en línea con nuevos valores conocidos o por conocer como Koen Holtkamp,
"En engagerande vacker och berörande skiva som innehåller några av årets bästa låtar."
"Stunning...Easily the best in this genre that I've heard so far this year."