The project of Parisian musician Pascal Benvenuti, Besoin Dead defies easy categorization. Utilizing drums and a guitar mounted atop his drums—and played with drumsticks—Benvenuti creates eerie minimalist soundscapes over which he occasionally sings/screams. For how minimal the tools, there’s a lot of depth and variety to the tracks on Pair, Tu N’es Pas Impair. For the most part, tracks flow smoothly from one to the next, but when there is an abrupt pause it almost feels necessary, like a gasp for air. The flow of the album gave this the feel of a movie score, and I could easily imagine this as the music of an art house picture. Everything about this CD screamed art school to me. I leave it to the individual listener to decide how much art can you take.
–Paul J. Comeau (Et Mon Cul C’est Du Tofu, [email protected])