Label: Kranky - KRANK178 • Format: CD Album • Country: US • Genre: Electronic, Folk, World, & Country • Style: Ambient, Folk, Ethereal
As the title Shop Beats - Sack Und Blumm* - Kind Kind his fourth Benoit Pioulard album suggests, Meluch was inspired by the religious iconography and churches he saw during his travels, and they seem to have helped him focus the transcendent drones and delicate folk already present in his music.
Throughout Hymnalhe artfully combines and separates these sounds; as on Lastedthese songs sound more rooted and substantial than on his early albums, where it seemed like a slight breeze could send them spinning in any direction.
Songs such as "Hawkeye," where the melody's minor-key descent resolves into major-key bliss in a way that's equally subtle and surprising, show that his songwriting continues to mature while retaining the nimble fragility that made it unique as on the lovely "Excave". There are also nods to tradition in "Reliquary"'s sacred music-inspired Reliquary - Benoit Pioulard - Hymnal or the gorgeous, Nick Drake -like chamber folk of "Litiya," but Meluch isn't hidebound to recapturing any particular sound or era.
However, his biggest steps forward are on Hymnal 's ambient tracks. Where previously they might have been pretty aural palate cleansers in between his more structured pieces, here they take on lives of their own and resonate with newfound intimacy and intensity.
And then there's "Knell," which blends church bells, chirping birds and other found sounds with pristine electronics that suggest the outdoors is Forced March - Earth Crisis - Destroy The Machines as sacred as any cathedral.
Meluch 's work as Benoit Pioulard has been remarkably consistent since the beginning, and while the changes he makes from album to album have been small, Hymnal 's serene beauty may make it his most sublime music yet.
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