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13 May - 31 May
May 16, 6:30pm
BUY YANN TIERSEN'S NEW ALBUM 'INFINITY' FROM THE DAY OF THE INSTORE AT ROUGH TRADE EAST AND COLLECT YOUR WRISTBAND AT THE SAME TIME OR PRE-ORDER THE YANN TIERSEN BUNDLE ONLINE NOW
'A Midsummer Evening', dense with manipulated textures, strings and choral chanting, began, as the album did, as little more than noise from toys. The initial recordings, which took place in Iceland, are explained here by Tiersen: "The idea was to start with toy instruments as a reference to my early works, then manipulate the sounds electronically. Then I added a new layer of acoustic instrumentation, and repeated the same process. Finally I repeated the process once more with strings, so the whole album was a constant back and forth from acoustic to electronic to digital, and then back to analogue."
This layering of textures formed thematic threads that bind the album: the stones, the minerals, their infinite nature... Language too is integral to this album. 'Ar Maen Bihan', a story written by Emilie Quinquis in the Breton language, was translated by amiina to Icelandic ('Steinn'). Elsewhere on the album Aidan Moffat (Arab Strap) and Olavur Jakupsson (a member of Tiersen's live band) both contributed tracks on the same theme - stones - Moffat's in English and Jakupsson's in Faroese. (Infinity) is the follow up to 2011's Skyline (which was described by MOJO as "life affirming", by Clash as a "...remarkable musical talent" and in Drowned In Sound's 8* review as "euphoric").
(Infinity) was conceived in Iceland, where work began on the album, and in Ushant Island, Brittany. The album was produced by Yann Tiersen and mixed by Gareth Jones with Yann Tiersen and Daniel Miller.
Hailing from Brittany, Yann Tiersen is one of the most revered artists of his generation with a reputation first established by his studio albums (which included 1997 Cascade Street 1998's The Lighthouse and to 2005's Les Retrouvailles). The early albums were combined and used for the Amelie soundtrack (2001), earning him global recognition. Recent albums on Mute, Dust Lane (2010) and Skyline (2011) have seen his prominence build, along with projects such as the recent live score to the Fantomas series which he curated at the Theatre de Chatelet with guests Tim Hecker, James Blackshaw, Loney Dear and Amiina.