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Sylvain Chateau, Un Autre Décembre (130701/Fat Cat)
This CD consists of piano-based instrumentals by a guy who claims to know nothing about playing the piano - and, dammit, he's a man of his word! There are pretty melodies on several tracks, but they are inconsequential and go nowhere. These songs kinda poke a hole in label-mates Sigur Ros, who spend a lot of money and time just to do the same thing. On other tracks, like the five numbers under the title "Granulation," it's just ambient sound, which is always a lot more boring than it sounds, which is still pretty boring. Too long, at 24 minutes.