Not that it so much bears repeating, but French songsmith Yann Tiersen will forever command our veneration for his song contributions to the unforgettable soundtrack to the whimsical 2001 film Amélie.
Now ten albums into a genuinely inimitable career, his latest, the ecologically leaning ALL, was released this past February via Mute. Perhaps his most cinematic work to date, it resulted from a determined, international quest for inspirational field recordings – from the forests of California to a decommissioned Berlin airport. Striking tracks like “Koad” and “Tempelhof” are amongst his most evocative to date.
Of “Pell,” written as a lullaby to his so, Tiersen explains, “We wanted to explain this island to him, living in this great community with all this nature. ‘Pell’ means ‘far’ and people might say we’re disconnected from civilization – but I think it’s the opposite.”
He will also be returning to the States for a long-awaited North American tour, playing fifteen dates in the U.S. and Canada throughout May. From there, he returns to the Continent, for a series of European shows stretching all the way into October.