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Album Review

After releasing several homemade cassettes and CD-Roms in limited batches, Benoit Pioulard's debut EP for Moodgadget, Enge, would feel right at home among the lo-fi acoustic heroes of the '90s and the indie folk heroes of the '00s. Bells, guitar, and an incoherent Pioulard on vocals reminiscing, but not overlong for the days when names like Lou Barlow and Elliott Smith rolled from the lips of every indie rocker from Boston to Bakersfield. Things get a bit more electronic-based with the cut-up vocals à la Telefon Tel Aviv on "Kids Are Getting Younger," but never really stray too far from home base, making Enge easily accessible for those with a phobia about finding electronics in their acoustic albums. For those who missed out on the limited-edition preciousness of Pioulard's other releases, this is a great place to get acquainted with an artist whose promise is just starting to fully bloom.


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Multi-instrumentalist/writer Thomas Meluch -- who uses Benoît Pioulard as one of his musical alter egos -- combines found sounds, electronics, and atmospheric rock and pop in his various projects. A part of the Rattling Wall Collective in Dutch, a loose-knit group of like-minded musicians, Meluch also collaborated on a multimedia piece for the University of Michigan's 2003 Film and Video Studies Association Lightworks Festival. He played with half-a-dozen bands in the area, including his own Esmae,...
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