audio sushi track of the day Sylvain Chauveau - A Cloud Of Dust + 1 by David Sylvian

by The Editor

audio sushi track of the day Sylvain Chauveau - A Cloud Of Dust
+ David Sylvian - Small Metal Gods

Sylvain Chauveau - A Cloud Of Dust.
Taken from the album 'Singular Forms (Sometimes Repeated)', released on Type Records. Catalogue Number: TYPE057 (CD) and TYPE057V (LP). March 2010.

Website Release Notes:
Singular Forms (Sometimes Repeated) is the first SC solo album with vocals since 2005 "Down to the Bone". After ten years composing chamber music, it took two years to conceive this opus between Paris, Chicago, Montpellier and Bruxelles. Sylvain's objective was to deconstruct the "song" format and bring it to very unusual lands. 

Album Review (Boomkat):
- Strictly limited vinyl edition - initial copies come on transparent Blue vinyl, if you're fast you may just manage to snap one up - 
Improbable as it may seem, 'Singular Forms (Sometimes Repeated)' is Sylvain Chauveau's first album of new material in five years, and if you've ever found yourself marvelling at the music of David Sylvian, or indeed the solo work of Martin Gore - this album will blow your mind, referencing both artists combined with a stripped Piano/Electronic arrangement reminiscent of Alva Noto's work with Ryuichi Sakamoto. Since 2005's 'Down To The Bone' was released we do seem to have been drip-fed a steady supply of Sylvain's work thanks to Type's reissue policy, culminating last year with the reappearance last year of his 'On' collaboration with Steven Hess and Deathprod, 'Your Naked Ghost Comes Back At Night'. Given what we've heard from Chauveau in the interim, it might be easy to forget that the aforementioned 'Down To The Bone' album was in fact all about songs - specifically the songs of Depeche Mode. On 'Singular Forms', Chauveau presents a collection of his own songwriting, one that's presented stripped of orchestration and the trappings of his contemporary-classical compositions. What's left is piano, some strictly minimal electronics and a free-roaming central vocal. While we're on the subject of vocals, there's really no getting around the David Sylvian comparisons that Chauveau is bound to attract with his fragmented, stately annunciations. But for the occasional reminder of his French accent, Chauveau's delivery is remarkably similar to that of the ex-Japan frontman, and his appetite for abstract, avant-garde re-imaginings of songwriting represents another trait the two artists have in common. A counterpoint between the fractured melodies of those rich, intimately intoned vocals and the aloof soundscape that lies beneath them is what makes this album so special: the delicate web of micro-electronics, high frequency glitches and bare piano keyings work in a similar manner to Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto's beloved collaborations and when vocals are added to this canvas the likes of 'A Cloud Of Dust' and 'Slowburner (With Stillness)' acquire a remarkable emotional pull. Even during his most esoteric moments, such as the floating, whirring oddness of 'The Unbroken Line', Chauveau elicits outstanding moments of beauty from his tapestry of sine waves, interference and interruptions. Also worthy of note is the album's structure and sequencing: clocking in at just over half an hour with seven individual pieces, Singular Forms takes care not to overstate its ideas, instead condensing itself into a perfectly formed capsule of experimental song craft that keeps revealing new layers with every listen.

Sylvain Chauveau has made solo records on labels such as Type, FatCat, Nature Bliss, Les Disques du Soleil et de l'Acier and Creative Sources: minimal, quiet compositions for piano, strings, wind instruments, electronics, vocals.
He has performed worldwide (Europe, America, Asia) and has made remixes for several musicians or bands.
He runs the label Onement , whose aim is to release one-off, one-copy vinyl records.
He is composing an extremely long piece whose duration is seven years ("You Will Leave No Mark On The Winter Snow"), with very long silences inside (sometimes several months).
He has made soundtracks for feature films and for dance shows.
Sylvain Chauveau also plays with Arca (with Joan Cambon, avant-rock band), Ensemble 0 on Creative Sources recordings (experimental music ensemble, with Maitane Sebastian, Joël Merah and Stéphane Garin ) and On (with Steven Hess, minimal improvised music).
He was born in 1971 in Bayonne, France. He lives in Brussels, Belgium. 

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