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SON LUX – WE ARE RISING (Experimental/Electronica – US)

Son Lux (a.k.a. Ryan Lott) first came to public knowledge in 2008, with his breathtaking debut, At War With Walls and Mazes, released on avant-guarde hip hop label anticon. This seemingly perfect record — a clever mix of sharp hip-hop beats, layered vocals and soulful string arrangements — demonstrated a level of musicianship and sensibility that left even the toughest of critic speechless. After this glorious release, Ryan Lott returned to his day job writing music for dance choreography and worked on a new project as Son Lux, the Weapons EP, released in February 2010.

This past January, NPR contacted Lott and talked him into writing and recording a new album, from start to finish, in just one month. The idea, inspired by the New Hampshire-based music magazine The Wire, which invites musicians everywhere to create a record each February, the shortest month of the year, didn’t immediately seduce Lott but, after a couple of days, he accepted. You can listen to the whole thing on NPR’s website or stream “Rising”, featuring contributions from DM Stith and the Antlers’ Peter Silberman, just below.

Son Lux - Rising     

Ryan Lott poured everything he had into this Album-in-a-Month project, which also counts with contributions by members of the yMusic Sextet, My Brightest Diamond and Midlake. The entire process was recorded via blog entries, both written and filmed, as people watched with anticipation as to how he was doing from day-to-day. The album, an exquisite mix of modern electronics, unusual pop and classical notions, will be released on April 26 on anticon.

As a bonus, here’s a gorgeous cover Son Lux did last year for the album Time & Space, a tribute album including covers of Liz Janes songs by seven different artists.

Son Lux - Desert     

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BENOÎT PIOULARD – LASTED (Folktronica/Experimental – US)

Benoit Pioulard

Benoît Pioulard is the artistic alter ego of American singer songwriter Thomas Meluch, who, despite the quality of his musical endeavours, still remains relatively unknown. Based in Portland, Oregon, he always goes around carrying a one-track tape recorder he uses to sample all the sounds that surround him. He then uses these samples to create dreamy songs that are always wrapped in a hazy whir of nature and tape decay.

On his latest album, Lasted, besides his usual mix of guitar and samples, Meluch lets his voice take on a more prominent role in the songs. The vocal numbers are interspersed with instrumental interludes, some pretty immediate, some more abstract, but all imaginative and personal.

Benoît Pioulard - Tack & Tower     

As a bonus, see what Oregon-based Small Sails did with Pioulard’s “Kids Are Getting Younger”, taken from the Enge EP (2005, Moodgadget).

Benoît Pioulard - Kids Are Getting Younger (Small Sails Remix)     

You can find out more about Benoît Pioulard / Thomas Meluch on his official site or MySpace. All his music is available online on Benoit Pioulard

CIRC – THE NICE DAD (Experimental/Electronica – France)

CIRC is the solo project of François Rousseau, an enigmatic young Frenchman who doesn’t like to be in the spotlight and prefers to let music do the talking. This talented lad makes instrumental electronic songs with computers but always seeks to provoke emotions. His songs, which may remind you of Four Tet or Benoît Pioulard, are sometimes bright and shiny, sometimes dark and experimental, but always melodic.

His debut album, Digital Dust Inhalation, was released in 2007 and distributed through different music sharing services. It’s a journey through experimental, minimalistic beat music that feels homemade and honest but very professional at the same time. There are many moments of experimental grandeur on Digital Dust Inhalation and “Just Be Shad” is one of them…

Circ - Don't Be Shad     

CIRC produces the bulk of his work on an old PC with an average soundcard and an entry-level M-Audio master keyboard.  No frills and no fancy equipment, just talent and dedication. He also often jams on real instruments when he needs inspiration: acoustic guitars, a Clipper R6, an old metallophone, an electric guitar that I plug directly into the PC, percussion…

As a matter of fact, he is currently working on a new album which will have a more organic touch and incorporate real instruments. The first excerpt from this forthcoming album, “The Nice Dad”,  moves along like a river, slow and steady, to finally blossom into a world of warmth.

The Nice Dad by CIRC

Download CIRC’s albums on a pay-what-you-want basis at Bandcamp. More info on MySpace.

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BODI BILL – WHAT? (Electronica/Minimal – Germany)

Berlin-based alternative electronica trio Bodi Bill are back with new material. With a new album scheduled for release in next March, Alex Amoon, Fabian Fenk and Anton K. Feist have decided to share their first single with their numerous fans. The new track, “Hotel”, has been made available for free download on Soundcloud and you can hear it just below.

Bodi Bill - Hotel     

Bodi bill are still developing their quirky post-dub sound and showing that their music knows no genre boundaries. This new song has lots of abstract percussion, hypnotic loops, beautiful synth layers and, towards the middel, some Fever Ray-like vocals that just add to its eerie penetrating impression of melancholy.

For your own aural enjoyment, listen to another Bodi Bill gem, “Very Special Small”, taken off the band’s I Like Holden Caulfield EP, released last year on Berlin-based Sinnbus Records.

Bodi Bill - Very Special Small     

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MISEL QUITNO – SLEEP OVER PIECES VOL.1 (Electronica/Experimental – Switzerland)

Misel Quitno

Misel Quitno is another moniker in Swiss electronica virtuoso Dimitri Grimm’s name arsenal. Mainly known for his elaborate  electro-infused hip hop productions as Dimlite, Dimitri Grimm shows a different side of his musical personality with this new project. Stripped and minimal, Misel Quitno aims for the heart.

Misel Quitno’s album, Sleep Over Pieces Vol.1, has been described by the artist as ‘drafts… the score to an imaginary film, shot on Super 8, or a sample library, done for the pure fun of it’. It’s a mixed bag of tricks, kept together by a dry and minimalistic aesthetic.

Misel Quitno - Im Halbhohen Gras     

The wafting synths, the knuckles knocking on wood, the layered guitars and Tubas indeed would have been the perfect backdrop to a 1960’s avant-garde  psycho-tragicomedy. But beyond its cinematic aspect, Misel Quitno’s retro lo-fi electronica is also really complex and introspective. This is really like nothing else out there.

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