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- Monuments by Yann Tiersen
8/10 Clinton Staff review, 12 August 2011
There are not a lot of new releases to choose from this week for reasons you may have read about in the national newspapers. As one gets older and more weary you career out of control toward a viewpoint you couldn't have possibly considered as a younger left leaning do-gooder. Therefore I'd be quite happy for those responsible for the destroying of lives/livelihoods over the past few days to be shot by sniper or at least forced to listen to the Tired Pony album for the rest of their days. Joking apart, it's a blow the music industry, despite its continued squandering of your hard earned cash on cocaine for ill prepared talentless wasters, doesn't deserve. The only thing we can say is that if you see a PIAS title you want in stores then buy it as you are pretty much never likely to see it again. Anyway we do have a new single from shadowy recluse turned travelling minstrel Yann Tiersen. He's been slowly distancing himself from the piano and strings beauty of his hugely successful soundtrack work towards a kind of thinking man's indie songwriter. On the A side of this brand new single he recalls the kind of pleasant pastoral pop peddled by the likes of The Notwist, Mice Parade and Pinback. It's thoroughly agreeable but never really grabs you by the scruff of the neck demanding you to remember its melodies. On the B side we get a re-working of the track from his recent album 'Dust Lane' which previously laboured in the horrid title of 'Love Me (Fuck Me)' - a line I recently used on my unsuspecting girlfriend with predictable results. Now that my black eye has cleared up I can tell you that this is a decent slice of folky melancholy that sounds not unlike Mumford and Sons. It has that late night sloshing beer around at the rowing club feel to it and if Marcus and Sons are looking for material for their 'difficult' second album then they could do with giving Yann a tinkle.
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