Thomas Meluch, a.k.a Benoit Pioulard, is somehow managing to pull off a career as an experimental songwriter without it feeling forced or being all pretentious about it. His new album, out March 30 on Kranky, is built from kernels of songs generated from looped field recordings and found sounds, which he then tried to replicate on guitar. These loops grew into fuller, fleshed-out compositions, and pretty soon Pioulard had an album on his hands. It's called Sonnet ,and the record is a dreamy exploration of little nuggets of sound. Some of Sonnet's songs bring to mind Deerhunter, and others land in John Cage or Charles Ives territory, which is a pretty solid balance.
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