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Yann Tiersen revisits old material with guests including John Grant and Gruff Rhys for new album

By | Published on Tuesday 8 October 2019

Yann Tiersen

Yann Tiersen has announced a new album, ‘Portrait’, featuring tracks from across his career re-recorded with guest musicians, including John Grant, Super Furry Animals’ Gruff Rhys and Stephen O’Malley of Sunn o))). Blonde Redhead also join him on one of three new songs written for the release.

“The apparent lightness or simplicity of some of my tracks has always been a disguise or reaction to their darker side”, he says of revisiting his older work. “For instance ‘La Dispute’ is about extreme violence, blood, death and the strange state of shock you feel in the moments after something horrible has happened”.

He then goes on: “That’s one of my darkest tracks and I’ve always felt uncomfortable with the idea of people thinking it’s a romantic thing to listen to on a date. People seemed to understand it when it was first released, but the use of my music for cinematic purposes put a sort of false mask on the face of the monster. I feel that ‘Portrait’ puts my tracks in context again so people can listen to my music and see it for what it is and not for what it’s been used for”.

Listen to ‘Monochrome’ featuring Gruff Rhys here:

The album is out on 6 Dec. Here’s the full tracklist with guest info:

Introductory Movement (feat Stephen O’Malley)
The Long Road (La Longue Route)
Monochrome (feat Gruff Rhys)
Chapter 19 (feat Ólavur Jákupsson)
Rue des Cascades (feat Ólavur Jákupsson)
The Old Man Still Wants It
Gwennilied (feat Emilie Tiersen)
Prad (feat Stephen O’Malley)
Diouz An Noz (feat Emilie Tiersen & Ólavur Jákupsson)
Porz Goret
La Dispute
Pell (feat Emilie Tiersen)
Erc’h (feat Ólavur Jákupsson)
The Wire (Sur le Fil)
The Waltz Of The Monsters (feat Emilie Tiersen)
Closer (feat Blonde Redhead)
The Jetty
Koad (feat Ólavur Jákupsson)
Prayer No 2
Gronjord (feat Ólavur Jákupsson)
Kala (feat Ólavur Jákupsson)
Comptine d’Un Autre Été (L’Après-Midi)
Tempelhof (Part 2)
Thinking Like A Mountain (feat John Grant & Stephen O’Malley)

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