A modestly grand beginning
Orcas - Orcas

The prospect of Benoit Pioulard and Rafael Anton Irisam joining forces is an alluring one. Part pop auteur, part minimalist composer, the end result is undeniably beautiful. Aloof, abstract and elegant, it melds ambient expanse with pop form to idyllic, if unassuming effect. A refined exercise using the abstract over the spectacular, scores of snowflake haze and subtle static underpin Pioulard’s vocal, seeping into slow, isolated silences. Tracks like the dreamy ‘I Saw My Echo’, yearning ‘Standard Error’ and the slow spiral of ‘high Fences’ don’t grab but engulf, unfurling in blankets of wistful sedation. A modestly grand beginning.


Words by Reef Younis

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