hymnal (kranky, 2013)

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"His most complete and personal statement yet...Hymnal is Pioulard at
his most vital."
Fluid Radio (UK)

"Four stars...Pioulard has been remarkably consistent since the beginning, [but] Hymnal's
serene beauty may make it his most sublime music yet."
All Music Guide

Track of the Day ("Margin") : A collection that drones and sways with
richly hued instrumentals and sun-bleached folk songs."
The Atlantic

"[Pioulard is] peerless at his best moments, and Hymnal is very nearly nothing but."

"Hymnal brings new light to previous atmospheric meditations... A beautiful album."
The Liminal (UK)

"Another perspective within Pioulard's career that, through time, is a testament of exquisite
musicianship and thoughtful creativity."
Selective Memory

"Heavenly...it carries the listener with a musical deftness that is both profound and serene."

"Four stars...Rich & rewarding ; its overwhelming strength is the way the tracks vary and alternate,
casting the album as one long musical reverie"
Music OMH

Four moustaches... "Like an old Western film, where eerie songs turn into grey, jagged peaks
of mountains and tracks of only dreamy ambience are fog clinging to the mountain and
rolling along the countryside."
Pop 'Stache

"A distinct airiness permeates Hymnal from start to end. One of Meluch's strengths is an ability
to make the sophisticated accessible."
Echoes and Dust

"Recommended...Why this guy isn't considered the Brian Wilson or Neil Diamond of our age
can be pinned firmly on his avoidance of obvious choruses and the delicious vagaries
of his production... Take a day, give it Hymnal and rise richer."

"Hymnal could be another kranky classic... Thoroughly unique and attention-grabbing."
Nine Hertz (UK)

"A beautiful piece of work that has a sun-drenched daydream psychedelic vibe to it,
yet can also be appreciated on a winter's day with a following cold easterly.
A multi-seasonal masterpiece!"
Castles Made of Sound

"Sublime... Like a spirit filtered through a screen door."
Animal Psi

"Even the sleepiest of melodies...is invested with a headphone-
panning, expansive medley of lo-fi wonders, rites that lead down a sylvan path."
Consequence of Sound

"Somewhere between campfire warmth and ice-cold shivers...it ends up working seamlessly
with his firm hand moving all the parts into place."

"A soft-focus spaciness seeps in, making it Benoit Pioulard's most hypnotic album thus far."

"Four Stars... Hymnal is a beautifully judged exposition, not just of sentiment, but also of process."

"A quite beautiful record, and one that is well worth checking out."
No More Workhorse

"Stunning...his best effort yet."
Silver Soundz

"A mood piece that's designed to be affecting but never static."

"Four stars...Gloriously faded and frayed homespun pop."
Norman Records (UK)

"Quite simply a stunner."
Feel Guide

"Een cd met een unieke atmosfeer en van een ongelooflijke schoonheid. Zijn magnum opus."

"C'est typiquement l'un de ces artistes qui a reussi a creer un environnement sonore tres
particulier dans lequel j'adore, et le mot n'est vraiment pas assez fort, me lover."
Le Choix (FR)

"Un musicista che riesce, con disarmante semplicita, a dipingere paesaggi sonori pur non
immergendosi interamente nelle acque della musica ambient strettamente intesa."
Ondarock (IT)

"Equilibrato e riuscito."
Sentire Ascoltare (IT)

"In äußerst wenig wird man so wundersam absinken wie in das
Flechtwerk namens Hymnal."
Black (DE)