7/26/2016

Yann Tiersen Shares New Track, 'EUSA' Album Out September 30

YANN TIERSEN

UNVEILS BRAND NEW TRACK 
“ROC’H AR VUGALE”

EUSA – FIRST SOLO PIANO ALBUM RELEASE 
OUT SEPTEMBER 30 2016


WATCH THE ALBUM TRAILER
PHOTO CREDIT: Christopher Espinosa Fernandez
YANN TIERSEN has announced details of a brand new album, EUSA, out September 30, 2016 via Mute.

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.

Location is important to everything Yann Tiersen does, and here, he has taken his connection with the land one step further. The collection of 10 solo piano pieces forms 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), from which some might best recognize Tiersen. 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 that, of course, 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.
EUSA artwork
Yann Tiersen recently premiered the compositions 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 August 21 and 22, with an autumn tour continuing through October.

YANN TIERSEN 2016 TOUR
21 Aug – UK, The Hub, Edinburgh International Festival
22 Aug – UK, The Hub, Edinburgh International Festival
8 Oct – Portugal, Coliseu dos Recreios, Lisbon
9 Oct – France, La Cite des Congres, Nantes
10 Oct – France, Philharmonie de Paris, Paris
11 Oct – Germany, Gewandhaus, Leipzig
12 Oct – Denmark, Dr Koncerthuset, Koncertsalen, Copenhagen
13 Oct – Germany, Laeiszhalle, Hamburg
14 Oct – Sweden, Uppsala Konsert & Kongress, Uppsala
15 Oct – Netherlands, Koninklijk Theater Carre, Amsterdam
15 Oct – Netherlands, Koninklijk Theater Carre (Late Show), Amsterdam
17 Oct – Italy, Auditorium Conciliazione, Rome
18 Oct – Switzerland, Tonhalle, Zürich
20 Oct – Austria, Konzerthaus, Vienna

EUSA will be released on CD, vinyl and download on September 30, 2016.

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