I Walked Into The Blackness And Built A Fire

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Benoit Pioulard

It may seem like an odd choice to go for a location as noisy as a metro station for a session with Benoît Pioulard, where his beautiful, fragile and exceptional songs blend with the sound of accelerating trains, car traffic and passers-by. Portland-based Thomas Meluch, the man behind Benoît Pioulard, frequently uses field recordings himself for his songs, but rather more subtle ones than the Viennese early evening huste and bustle. To keep a certain intimacy even within the very public sphere of a metro station we go to the most quiet side of the platform for Thomas’ song „Tie“ (who would expect two trains to arrive in not even four minutes when the average interval is five minutes?) from his 2010 album „Lasted“. For his take on the new and unreleased „I Walked Into The Blackness And Built A Fire“ Thomas moves to the staircase, amused by some reactions of rushing-by people. In the end the odd location proves to be a rewarding place to film a session. Sometimes you have to listen more closely to hear the beauty out of the noise. Maybe some people did when passing by Thomas’ performance and kept a Benoît Pioulard melody in their head for a while.


  • Posted: March 28, 2011
  • Camera: Michael Luger
  • Sound Recording: Matthias Leihs
  • Post-Production: Michael Luger
  • Photography: Simon Brugner