YOn the eve of the release of his brand new album, ALL, YANN TIERSEN has launched the video for ‘Tempelhof’, filmed in and around The Eskal, a new studio, venue and community centre that Tiersen has built in an abandoned discotheque in Ushant, a small island positioned in the Celtic sea between Brittany and Cornwall.
ALL incorporates field recordings from Brittany, Devon and, on ‘Tempelhof’, the only urban area recorded for the album, at the Tempelhof airport in Berlin which was decommissioned and has since been reclaimed by nature. Uncut described the track’s “layering growling feedback and field recordings over a poignant piano melody”, watch the video here:
The album examines Tiersen’s renewed interest and deeper connection to his own place within nature. Predominately sung in Breton, the album features several guest vocalists. Anna von Hausswolff, who released Dead Magic last year (described by MOJO as “her finest work to date”) is the guest vocalist on ‘Koad’ while Ólavur Jákupsson collaborates on ‘Erc’h’ and Breton singer-songwriters Denez Prigent (‘Gwennilied’), Emilie Tiersen and Gaëlle Kerrien all feature on the album.
This weekend, Yann Tiersen embarks on an extensive tour, including two London dates at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall on 19 and 20 February 2019. Yann Tiersen’s previous album, EUSA, was preceded by two sold out dates at the Barbican in London, and Yann Tiersen went on to perform in some of the world’s most prestigious venues and festivals – including the Edinburgh International Festival, the Berlin Philharmonic, Officine Grandi Riparazioni in Turin, Teatro Principal in Zaragoza, Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens, Sydney Opera House and the Grand Hall of the Philharmonia in St Petersburg – these new dates will see him return to the UK for the first time since his sold out performance at the Royal Albert Hall in 2017.