Quel surprise! Desire Path Recordings has announced that it will soon release a new “mini-album” aptly titled Benoît Honoré Pioulard Plays “Thelma” by none other than Portland-based Benoît Honoré Pioulard (neé Thomas Meluch). He’s fancy enough to have a French stage name, so show some respect and don’t call his mini-album an EP!
DP describes the new approach taken on Thelma as Pioulard exploring a, “place existing in between.” This includes, it would seem, Pioulard trading in his trademark bedroom-style vocals and lilting pop sensibilities for a more ambient but no less warm approach to music making, as evidenced by the preliminarily released track “Calder,” currently available as a free stream/download at the Chocolate Grinder.
The physical release, which follows up Pioulard’s Kranky album Lasted TMT Review) from last year, is available for pre-order now and will be limited to un petit 300 copies of a clear vinyl 12-inch record with artwork by Sean Patrick — though the mini-album will also be released as a digital download starting on the official release date, November 1. Sign up now or grab a copy on the upcoming tour.
10.29.11 - Philadelphia, PA - St. Mary’s Hamilton Village
10.30.11 - New York, NY - West Park Presbyterian Church
10.31.11 - Montreal, QC - Casa del Popolo
11.02.11 - Pittsburgh, PA - The Warhol at Carnegie Museum of Art
11.03.11 - Cincinnati, OH - Southgate House
11.05.11 - St. Louis, MO - Off Broadway
11.06.11 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
11.07.11 - Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center
11.10.11 - Seattle, WA - The Triple Door
11.12.11 - Portland, OR - Holocene
11.14.11 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
11.15.11 - Los Angeles, CA - The Satellite