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- Dust Lane by Yann Tiersen
8/10 Clinton Staff review, 07 October 2010
Most well known for his score of Amelie, you often forget how famous Yann Tiersen really is. An almost household name but one that seems to happy to wander along the fringes of music being quietly influential. This is his first album on Mute and if you are expecting minimalist twinkling you've come to the wrong place. Its produced by Ken Thomas (Sigur Ros, M83) and the first track has more in common with those outfits, big bombastic and orchestral. Tiersens Nyman like compositional abilities take root in the title track which has that particular Gallic flair with interlocking piano, accordion and female spoken word vocals which recall the voice on Paddy MacAloon's criminally ignored solo outing 'I Trawl the Megahertz'. 'Dark Stuff' is what it says on the tin, distorted looped guitar, choir like vocal and harp (i think).
The 12" version of 'Palestine' has already been mentioned in these pages and is a stand out here - again it rocks away with the author spelling out the title over the top of the most delightfully distorted violins heard since the halycon days of King of the Slums. Overall this is big, bold impassioned music, classical in composition but arranged and played as if by rock behemoths. Comparisons? I have a few. Matt Elliott, A Silver Mount Zion, Carmine.
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