Yann Tiersen has announced a new album, ‘Portrait’, featuring tracks from across his career re-recorded with guest musicians, including John Grant, Super Furry Animals’ Gruff Rhys and Stephen O’Malley of Sunn o))). Blonde Redhead also join him on one of three new songs written for the release.
“The apparent lightness or simplicity of some of my tracks has always been a disguise or reaction to their darker side”, he says of revisiting his older work. “For instance ‘La Dispute’ is about extreme violence, blood, death and the strange state of shock you feel in the moments after something horrible has happened”.
He then goes on: “That’s one of my darkest tracks and I’ve always felt uncomfortable with the idea of people thinking it’s a romantic thing to listen to on a date. People seemed to understand it when it was first released, but the use of my music for cinematic purposes put a sort of false mask on the face of the monster. I feel that ‘Portrait’ puts my tracks in context again so people can listen to my music and see it for what it is and not for what it’s been used for”.
A 57-minute live-stream concert from French composer/musician Yann Tiersen playing from a “secret” location (a tiny island in the English Channel named Ushant.)
You probably know Tiersen for his lovely, poignant music for the French film Amelie.
Yann Tiersen is a multi-instrumentalist who rose to fame when songs from three of his albums were used to score Amelie, and most of his music seems as though it was written with films in mind. His latest release, EUSA, moves away from the busy, dense sounds that characterised his earlier work and focuses instead […]
Following the release of EUSA, a brand new album of piano compositions recorded live at Abbey Road, Yann Tiersen is launching a competition to find the best and most interesting interpretations of tracks from the album.
There are three categories for entry: Best Overall Performance, Most Interesting Location and Best Non-Piano Performance. Fans are asked to upload their interpretations tohttp://myeusa.com and three winners, chosen by Yann Tiersen, will win a signed toy piano (the same kind that Tiersen performs with on the current tour), plus signed EUSA goodies. The competition closes on January 13, 2017, and winners will be announced on January 23. Further information available fromhttp://myeusa.com.
Watch + share a brand new video of Tiersen playing his track “Yuzin” live at Abbey Road here […]