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Sylvain Chauveau Nuage

Frenchman Sylvain Chauveau’s seventh album, Nuage, is an invitation to contemplation. These quiet, minimalist, neo-classical orchestral compositions–which scored two Sebastien Betbeder films–unfold patiently and somberly, with solo piano riffs joined by viola and violin in short vignettes that come and go like daydreams. Similar to contemporary composers Max Richter’s or Ryuichi Sakamoto’s recent output, Nuage conjures haunted emotional landscapes, where death or violence may be close. Numbers like ”Troubles” and “Le Tunnel” hint at their content. Brief, bleak, and beautiful, this is what I imagine Radiohead listens to when they get off tour. Prepare to slow down, breathe deep, and listen.

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