Stephan Mathieu's latest album "Un Coeur Simple" features music made for a play based on Gustave Flaubert's novel by the same title (known in the English world as "A Simple Heart") and first published in 1877 as part of the book Trois Contes (Three Tales). That setting – a modern rereading of an old tale, which at the time stood as a character study of Flaubert's contemporaries – is just perfect for Mathieu's music.
For, you see, our sound artist's approach for the past decade has relied on a fascination for the past expressed through cutting-edge tools. Early instruments and obsolete music media (wax cylinders, 78rpm records) are central to his sound world, a world he weaves and refines, paradoxically, on a computer.
This album is a perfect match between Flaubert's Felicity, a love-deprived maid subjugated by religion and fascinated by a parrot from America, and Mathieu's delicate yet intriguing soundscapes, which includes bits of recordings of religious and Medieval music. In other words, on "Un Coeur Simple", Mathieu's art achieves a new level of... felicity.
Stephan Mathieu is a self-taught electroacoustic music composer. Since his debut album in 1999, he has released 30 albums on a number of labels such as Orthlong Musork, Fällt, Die Schachtel, Crónica, Dekorder, Minority, Line, and 12k. He has worked with Sylvain Chauveau, Robert Hampson (Main), Taylor Deupree, and David Sylvian, among others.
Entre fluidité sensuelle et brisures imaginatives. MOUVEMENT, May 2013
Dense et fourni. RIFRAF, May 2013
Beautiful warm atmospheres. LOOP, April 2013
Another impressive work. AMBIENTBLOG, April 2013
An absorbing reverie. GOMAG, April 2013
Perfect. DE:BUG, March 2013
"Un Coeur Simple" still holds the resounding features that have made Mathieu a recognized name in the experimental world, and that in itself is a reason to revel in its radiance. EXPERIMEDIA, March 2013
Amazing depth and unexpected accumulation of layer upon layer. KINDAMUZIK, March 2013
"Un Coeur Simple" is an excellent representative recording of Mathieu's artistry. TEXTURA, March 2013
Gorgeous! ALL ABOUT JAZZ, March 2013
A spectrum of glowing harmonics, sheer tones and awning drones sounding quite unlike those made by any other artist. BOOMKAT, February 2013
Un album où des lieux, des personnages mais aussi des moments prennent corps à travers la matière sonore épurée de Mathieu, toujours à la recherche d'une lenteur capable de rendre tangible de légères variations, leur donner un poids manifeste, les rendant ainsi significatives. PINKUSHION, February 2013
The end result is a fascinating collage of acoustic sounds that represent a whimsical sense of modernity versus antiquity. A CLOSER LISTEN, February 2013
Long ambient chimes that suggest religiosity, ascendance and steadfastness of belief that almost treads into ECM territory. THE LIMINAL, February 2013
A solid relase. BLACK AUDIO, February 2013
"Un Coeur Simple" is a window into a more intimate and emotional Stephan Mathieu. AFTERPOP, February 2013
Brilliantly. CYCLIC DEFROST, February 2013
Another one of great quality. VITAL WEEKLY, February 2013
One of his most complete and accessible works. MUSIC WON'T SAVE YOU, February 2013
Stephan Mathieu signe ici son oeuvre la plus aboutie. SWQW, February 2013