YANN TIERSEN has announced details of a brand new album, EUSA, out on 30 September 2016.
The new album, recorded at Abbey Road, is Tiersen’s first ever album of solo piano music, and follows 2014’s album release, ∞ (Infinity).
Watch a short film of Tiersen at Abbey Road recording Roc’h Ar Vugale here: https://po.st/YannTiersenRoch
Location is important to everything Yann Tiersen does, and here, Tiersen has taken his connection with the land one step further. The collection of 10 solo piano pieces form a musical map of Tiersen’s home island Ushant (‘Eusa’ in the local Breton language) which is positioned in the Celtic sea between Brittany and Cornwall.
Each track was conceived in and named after a location on the island. Initially tracks were only available as sheet music, with each piano piece accompanied by a photograph of the location and a field recording. For his album he took things a step further – firstly Tiersen manipulated his original field recordings to create a subtle drone of the natural noises on the island, then took everything to Studio 1 at Abbey Road and recorded the solo piano.
Between each piece we hear the sounds of the island, and Tiersen’s improvisations that are all titled ‘Hent’. Hent translates from Breton to English as Path and with each one Tiersen leads the listener across the island landscape to a new location.
His full immersion into the rustic way of life and his admiration for desolate, sparsely-inhabited landscapes all seem a far cry from the cutesy postcard image of Montmartre and the soundtrack for the film Amélie (Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 2001), that some might best recognise Tiersen from. In fact this album sees a more stripped back production last seen on the collaborative soundtrack for Good Bye Lenin! (Wolfgang Becker, 2003) and before, of course, that on his debut, La Valse Des Monstres, originally written for a theatrical adaptation of Tod Browning’s Freaks, and later mined for the Amélie soundtrack.
Yann Tiersen recently premiered the compositions in full on a sold out tour that included two Barbican dates. The Independent described the performance as “innovative, constantly shifting and seeking to build on that landscape he evokes with each note.” (4* live review) and The Guardian described Tiersen’s “…devastatingly effective way with a melody” (4* live review).
The 2016 dates continue with two performances at the prestigious Edinburgh International Festival on 21 and 22 August an autumn tour with dates through October.
YANN TIERSEN 2016 TOUR
EUSA will be released on CD, double vinyl and download on 30 September 2016.
Pre-order is available now from:
Watch a trailer for the album, showing a crane delivering the piano to 48°26’ 19”N 5°6’ 40”W (aka Porz Goret) on the island: https://youtu.be/giCJRXIEGGA
Listen to Porz Goret, taken from EUSA: https://youtu.be/KwwwWz6Ef3I Watch a short film of the Abbey Road recording of Roc’h Ar Vugale here: http://po.st/YannTiersenRoch