"Ten tracks. Ten locations. Ten field recordings. One piano". So begins the press release as if previewing some BBC proms experiment. But it neatly sums up what this LP is all about. French composing maestro Tiersen has written pieces for ten locations and made field recordings of the actual places then later on dubbed his piano twinklings atop. Could this be a return to his 'Amerie' style sounds? We wait with bated breath.
8/10 Clinton Staff review, 29 September 2016
I don't know what to say. It's Yann Tiersen playing the piano. Like he used to. 18 times.
The record was inspired by places near Tiersen's home in Breton near where he lives. He clambered to various locations, dictaphone in hand and made field recordings in each place before hunkering down at a piano in Abbey Road studios and playing pieces inspired by the locations using those self same recordings as background atmospherics.
The main headline to take from all this is that this is Tiersen finally back to his 'Amerie' style compositions. For years he's tinkered with grand post rock and even songsmithery and even though it has been good to see such a talented composer way out of his comfort zone it always felt like a man wearing a coat that didn't quite fit.
Here though he's in his element, playing fluid compositions that twinkle in all the right places and are pretty without being saccharine. The field recordings are used subtly and add gentle sounds of nature usually to the beginning and end of each piece. It's a lovely work and for fans who have missed the 'Amerie' style Tiersen well I'm pleased to announce that he's here.
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