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Benoit Pioulard

"Enge" 7"

Moodgadget Records

Genre: experimental pop, lo-fi

May 2006

The Enge single appears to be the first full-scale release for Moodgadget's Benoit Pioulard, limited to 300 copies as opposed to his usual 2-50 scale projects. After many years self-recording and quietly putting out his microreleases, Pioulard seems to be finally getting the recognition he deserves, with music appearing on the Ghostly International, Astro Lab, and Moongadget labels. As well, word on the street is that esteemed Chicago label Kranky intends to put out his upcoming full-length, putting him among the ranks of Windy & Carl, Pan American, and, yes, Godspeed You Black Emperor!

Enge is a four track wonder of delicate, hand-woven experimental pop. Spacey electronics and echoey, buried vocals thrive under the delicate guitar strumming of Pioulard, who seems to craft every song with meticulous detail and expertise. This can make for ambient experimentation ("es/sa") or more melodic pseudo-pop ("sparrowfield," "pinconning"). Whatever it is, it's mysterious and beautiful, the work of a songwriter tired of the same old familiar pop style. And for us, well, we're all the better for it.

MP3s (from Kids Are Getting Younger, Sparrowfield


Fun Fact: Pioulard's Five Songs for Suchaya CD was limited to only 2 copies (one for him and one for Suchaya, I guess)... how's that for rare?

Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 4 tracks, distributed by the label, released 2005]