Posts Tagged ‘kranky records’

Loscil at Usine C in Montreal

November 6, 2013


25 October 2013

Scott Morgan aka Loscil brought his soothing brand of ambient soundscapes to Montreal on Friday night, and played to an intimate crowd at Usine C, as part of the 5th annual Akousma Festival – a concert series that explores the diversity of electroacoustic music.

Usine means “factory” in English and the venue was indeed once a factory that produced strawberry jam. Morgan played in the converted theatre area, an open space lined with red brick walls and speakers strategically placed around the room. Loscil is arguably my favourite ambient artist, I’ve been listening to his music for a decade now, and this was the first time I’ve seen him play live, so I was pretty stoked to finally get the chance.

And he sounded fantastic. Manipulating the many speakers in the room to his advantage, creating swirls of sound and rhythmic bass. My only complaint, his set was too short. So often when I go to see ambient musicians play live I get antsy, restless, but that wasn’t the case here, with Loscil’s set I felt like I could have settled in for a much longer journey into his world of sound – because it was just so damn calming.

Ben Vida played afterwards and ruined that calm vibe pretty quickly with his harsh analogue attack. He sounded like a touchtone telephone malfunctioning over and over again for 45 minutes. But Loscil, he tapped into something really nice, and I wish he’d have played just a little bit more of it. Come back soon Scott!

Benoit Pioulard at the Whippersnapper in Toronto

April 24, 2009

Benoit Pioulard live at Whippersnapper Gallery in Toronto - 23 April 2009

Benoit Pioulard at Whippersnapper Gallery in Toronto 

 23 April 2009

At home, sitting on my couch, reading a book, Benoit Pioulard’s music is ideal. Drifting, drony ambience with a nod to Nick Drake added in for good measure. Pioulard (real name Thomas Meluch) is very much at home on the Kranky label, and both his records “Precis” and the newly-released “Temper” are excellent home listening albums. However, his music did not translate very well in a live setting. He played for just over a half an hour and spent most of it sitting on the ground as if he was just jamming and knob-twiddling in his basement. That’s all fine and good, as most of the audience was sitting on the ground too, but I’ve come to like a little professionalism now and again. Perhaps his youth is a factor here, as he is just 24, but seeing equally young Peter Broderick put on an amazing show a few weeks earlier, Benoit Pioulard’s live show was very underwhelming.¬†

Headliner’s Windy and Carl were much better, but I think the slowcore drone movement is one best heard in the horizontal position. G’night.