Benoît Pioulard & Sean Curtis Patrick 'Avocationals' LP

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Benoît Pioulard & Sean Curtis Patrick 'Avocationals' LP

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Beacon Sound presents a first-time collaboration between Thomas Meluch (aka Benoît Pioulard) and Sean Curtis Patrick, entitled ‘Avocationals’. Over the course of 9 songs the two use synthesizers, reel-to-reel tape machines, field recordings, guitar, and processed voice to conjure the ghosts of 20th century Great Lakes shipwrecks.

Wintery, yet humming throughout with a narcotic warmth, Avocationals offers the listener 41 minutes out of time, evoking not only a distant past but also something of what may lay ahead.

As the artists themselves write, "An avocational is an amateur diver who assists in rescue, investigation and salvage relating to watercraft disasters. Thousands of freighters and small ships sank during the mid-20th century golden age of shipping on the Great Lakes; this album is about nine of them."

Limited to 300 copies for the world (includes digital download).
Mastered by Rafael Anton Irisarri at Black Knoll.
Cover art by Sean’s father, Lynn Curtis Patrick: “The Sinking Of The Bradley”, 1983. Created with graphite, charcoal, and collage.
Design/assemblage by Sean Curtis Patrick and Andrew Neerman.
Distribution by Forced Exposure.

Thomas Meluch, aka Benoît Pioulard, weaves natural sounds and textures of decay into his vague-pop songs, colored with the lushness and unpredictability of field recordings. His numerous albums for Kranky, Beacon Sound and Morr Music document an evolving relationship with guitar, voice, and frayed layers of fidelity, alternately melodic, muted, and diffuse. He resides in Seattle, Washington.

Sean Curtis Patrick is a visual artist, photographer, adventurer, and musician. He has created art, design, and music videos for artists like Alessandro Cortini, Benoît Pioulard, Bana Haffar, Richard Devine, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, Rafael Anton Irisarri and many others. In 2018, Sean directed and soundtracked a documentary about the devastation of the island of Puerto Rico after the hurricanes of 2017. He is an alumnus of the Banff Centre Musicians in Residence program and debuted new solo material on a Japanese tour in late 2018. Sean has previously released albums on Day Dot and Muzan Editions. He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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