Multi-instrumentalist / composer Yann Tiersen won acclaim for his beautiful score in the hit French film Amelie. Though the film features pop-based rolling melodies, it was a bit of a departure from his early work, which blended classical, folk, and post-punk sounds. Tiersen’s new album returns to that earlier style, employing a wide array of instruments and spanning many genres.
The result of a two-year creative process, Dustlane will be released on October 12 by Anti-, which put out Sage Francis‘ Li(f)e (featuring Tiersen’s collaboration on “The Best of Times”). Tiersen plays classical instruments like acoustic guitar, mandolin, bouzouki, and banjo, while adding harder sounds with toy drums, electric guitars, bass, and synthesizers. Lofty vocal choruses contrast dramatic narration by Matt Elliot (Mogwai, Blonde Redhead).
Fitting for the album’s namesake, atmospheric “dust lanes” are a dark swathe of obscuring cosmic dust seen against the starry background of the Milky Way or the disks of other spiral galaxies (Encyclopedia of Science). Tiersen’s innovative music is full of complexities and layers, bringing together the artist’s personal interests, childhood memories, and his favorite writer, Henry Miller.