Benoît Honoré Pioulard
Desire Path Records.
Returning to normalcy after my wedding had the vague air of coming back into consciousness after a severe panic attack; in the aftermath of all of the activity and sensory overload, one’s overtaken by a relief that elicits a short-lived serenity. Getting back to a regular routine after all of the wedding planning put me in a peaceful frame of mind that desired only restrained music.
With Plays Thelma, so began my post-classical autumn. Its MP3s were waiting when we pulled in from the airport and became my go-to record the following morning, basking in the morphing character of ‘Malick’ and ‘Calder’ as I passed changing foliage. Pioulard designed this mini-album as an imaginary place – “a lake within a haze” – and these compositions, often string-laden or tempered by found-sounds, succeed in mapping out a quaint territory for the mind to wander over and over. In the process, these songs thread together my favourite ambient piece of 2011 but, what’s more: Thelma became my sanctuary.