Boomkat Product Review:
Benoit Pioulard might be best known for his decomposed pop songs, but beneath the tacit vocals are the thrums and swells of something more ambient. ‘Plays Thelma’ is Tom Meluch’s first beatless record, and he manages to conjure up the kind of textures you’d expect from a shelf of William Basinski albums. These delicate sounds have been re-recorded to tape so many times only the lifeblood remains, but what life. Breathing through the dense hiss are chords that are sculpted simply to melt the hearts of the needy, and Meluch has already proven that he’s well versed in that skill. ‘Plays Thelma’ might be billed as simply a ‘mini album’, but there’s so much here that will have you dropping back, I would rather think of it as just an album. Rather a short record than one filled with extraneous tracks, and Meluch never wastes a note – each second is pointed and imbued with a beauty I get tired of trying to look for. Listen, and prepare to be transported to a place far better than we deserve. Gorgeous music, and highly recommended.