Following the solo piano pieces of 2016’s EUSA, Yann Tiersen aims to present his more experimental inclinations on his tenth full-length studio album, All. By marrying subtle electronic elements with field recordings, the veteran French composer explores the natural connection he has with his hometown of Ushant, France. Tiersen’s stately, elegant combination of instrumental and vocal compositions—the latter of which are sung by guest vocalists in his native Breton language—take us to places that feel familiar yet strange. On “Pell,” a gorgeous harp trickles over spooky theremin sounds and chirping birds, while on “Koad,” beatific vocals glide over his signature piano filigrees. He incorporates jarring strings over a droning ambient backdrop on “Usal Road,” a technique that recalls the works of neo-classical artists like Max Richter and Ólafur Arnalds. Lavish horns and oscillating synths sway like gusts of gentle air on album centerpiece “Heol,” a spirited moment in All where Tiersen reaches transcendence.
11 SONGS, 1 HOUR, 2 MINUTES
FEBRUARY 15, 2019
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