Raw bone, emotional and dreamy, Praise the Twilight Sparrow (PTTS) defends a minimalistic approach and a firm rooting in dark folk music, twisted as mad love or untold dreams. Fronted by Pascal Hallibert (of country noir combo Templo Diez), PTTS is -on recordings at least- a rather lonely and reclusive affair drifting between Southern France, the Netherlands and North America with an ever-changing live lineup ranging from solo to 6-piece, depending on the songs, the seasons and the general state of their friendship.
Selected for SXSW 2007, Praise the Twilight Sparrow toured 2 weeks in the USA and Canada and released there a 4-track promo EP, garnering great reviews. Since then, they took time crafting the debut album “Color Map of the Southern Sky” (released in March 2010 on My First Sony Weissmuller Recordings), while sparsely poking their head out for live radio sessions (such as cult show VPRO’s Dwars) or keeping their live skills intact with a handful of select gigs in their home country. The road calls every now and then as shown by their Canadian stint at the 2010 NXNE festival (Toronto) and their selection for the Crossing Border festival last year. The band is currently recording their new opus, to be out beginning of 2012.
Austin Chronicle writes: - A remarkably rare find from the Netherlands, the gnarled and dark folk of Praise the Twilight Sparrow lurks in the backwoods of Magnolia Electric Co.'s Fading Trails, near where the creek drank the cradle. The unsigned trio, fronted by Pascal Hallibert of Templo Diez, purveys truth through bitter poetry that recalls Will Oldham and Smog.