Tonight / 206
Two Low-Key Local Acts: Benoît Pioulard and Tiny Vipers
by Dave Segal
on Thu, Mar 7, 2013 at 11:24 AM
(Columbia City Theater) Benoît Pioulard and Tiny Vipers rank as two of the city's preeminent makers of quiet, highest uncommon denominator music. The former (who also plays in Orcas with Rafael Anton Irisarri) sings like a Pacific Northwest David Sylvian—all rich, introspective, and hushed crooning—over spare yet baroque pastoral pop. His new album on Kranky, Hymnal, was inspired by religious iconography and European cathedrals, and it sounds like Pioulard's most vibrant work yet. Seattle mainstay Tiny Vipers (Jesy Fortino) strums stark, timeless folk songs that chill the blood with pitiless loner incisiveness. Her newest song on the web, "Another Day's Sun," is perhaps her most stirring yet.