“S.” by Sylvain Chauveau
A radical change of direction for French composer Sylvain Chauveau.
Since his 2000 debut ‘Le Livre Noir Du Capitalisme’ (which is soon to be re-issued on Type!) Sylvain Chauveau has been a pioneering figure in the world of modern classical/electronic music. This status has seen him inhabit the same creative space as Max Richter, Jóhann Jóhannsson and our very own Ryan Teague and now we are proud to welcome him to the Type label and issue this brand new mini-album.
‘S.’ sees Chauveau taking a daring new direction since his last record the breathtaking and lushly orchestrated set of Depeche Mode covers ‘Down to the Bone’, and moving away from the haunting strings and piano work of his best known works he has stepped into the world of minimal electro acoustics. The first track ‘Composition 8’ probably best illustrates this move with its expertly processed prepared guitar drones, layered together to create a menacing piece of bass-heavy ambience and growling doom comparable to even experimental metal pioneers Earth at their most esoteric. This piece is expertly balanced however against the second track, simply titled ‘P.’ which has Chauveau again caressing the ivories, but using the notes (and the space between the notes) to dictate something far more minimal and far more realated to the brooding drone of ‘Composition 8’. Elsewhere we hear Chauveau’s take on glacial digital minimalism with the epic electronic piece ‘E/R’ and more delicate piano experimentations before we are brought to a satisfying and subtle close with the gritty, slow burning ambience of ‘A_’.
All in all this is possibly the most thoughtful and unusual selection of tracks Chauveau has ever set his name to, and give them time and they are sure to reveal their immense depths.