Out of the lockdown, many great albums have emerged that reflect in a variety of ways how artists have dealt with isolation. Yann Tiersen spent the last 1.5 years on Ouessant, a French island belonging to Brittany with less than 1000 inhabitants - the complete opposite of the metropolis Paris. And you can hear this change of scenery.
On the pianist's eleventh album, calm reigns supreme. The 7 pieces, which sometimes crack the 10-minute mark, take the time to pack the listeners and take them with them to Brittany, because all the pieces bear the names of places on Ouessant. Even in the opener “Kerlann” you can literally feel the sea, the wind, the waves and the spray. Tiersen turns away from pure piano playing and gradually integrates more and more electronic elements, which completely take a back seat to the keyboard, which made the musician internationally famous, for example through the film music for "The Wonderful World of Amelie".
He reveals in a press release:
“At first I worked with piano melodies. But they are not the focus of the record and are rather secondary. Rather, the piano was a basis for creating something on which the electronics can build and develop. "Yann Tiersen on "Kerbal"
The second single "Ker Yegu" was released together with a wonderful video that offers deep insights into life on Ouessant. At the same time, “Ker Yegu” is one of those pieces that move further and further away from the pure piano and expand in terms of sound. Distant percussions and weird, electronic effects increase further and further towards a dense, electronic climax, which makes piano playing completely distant. The beginning of the following piece “Ker A Loch”, on the other hand, seems almost puristic, but here too there is an unusual twist. Which? Listen!
Yann Tiersen on tour:
02.02.2022 Hamburg - Laeiszhalle
February 4th, 2022 Berlin - Tempodrom
February 9th, 2022 Düsseldorf - Tonhalle
Tickets are available here.