Thousand is Stephane Milochevitch, a French songwriter who spent his teenage years in Houston, Texas, a heritage strongly reflected in his second record (the first, Flying Pyramid, was released in 2008).
He’s already been acknowledged by his peers. One composition included on Thousand, ‘Song of Abdication’, has been recorded by Josh T Pearson on his ‘The Singer To the Crowd’ EP; in Thousand’s version here, it’s darkly themed and catchy synth-driven pop. There are clear echoes, too, of Bill Callaghan and Sparklehorse. ‘The Flying Pyramid’ overflows with Afro beats while ‘To Dance In A Circle of Fire’ is dense and rhythmic and ‘Eden’ is simply propulsive hook-filled pop. ‘The Dark’ goes from intimate Smog folk to full band fever, with a compelling melody despite the bleak theme: “the day I choose to speak my blues/ you’ll see my body on the news”. All these tracks would make Thousand a good album but one song makes it an outstanding one; in finest Mark Linkous style, ‘The Kill’ is one woozy hook after another, culminating in a spacey chorus, while the transgender lyrics give everything an air of compelling strangeness.
“Fuck all the haters”, sings Milochevitch on ‘The Sea The Mountain The Ghost’ but there are unlikely to be many of those after hearing this record. It’s a dark, alternative-pop album that simply sparkles with musical gems.