Release Date: Feb 15, 2019
Record label: Mute
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock
Anyone who has been to Berlin's Tempelhof airport will likely be somewhat familiar with its tumultuous history. A Nazi air base - its stark and menacing terminal remains one of the few Nazi-era buildings still in existence - then iconic landing site of the air lift between West Berlin and West Germany to famed location of a sit-in by Berlin's citizens to protect it from development and maintain its current post-closure status as a public park; it's now used for leisure, festivals, events, habitat protection and recently an emergency refugee camp. It's a place that has experienced the absolute lows and highs of what humanity can be and our influence over the world and so, fittingly, is where we find ourselves at the outset of Yann Tiersen's new record.
Like almost everything in this world, music tends to be categorized and confined to a specific niche. It could be rock, rap, blues, country or R&B, but once it has its label, then the chances are that it will be locked into it going forward. It's only natural of course; with the wealth of choices people are offered these days, it becomes the most feasible way of processing the information and providing a quick description.
With ALL, Yann Tiersen continues the celebration of special places and the feelings they evoke that was the focus of 2014's ∞ (Infinity) and 2016's Eusa. On the former album, he explored Iceland and the Faroe Islands; on the latter, he paid tribute to his home base of Ushant, an island between Brittany and Cornwall. This time, Tiersen explores the beauty of the world around us -- and humanity's inescapable connection to it -- with results that blend ∞ (Infinity)'s epic beauty with Eusa's intimacy.
There was something insular about Yann Tiersen's ninth album, 2016's EUSA. Sharing its name with the Breton word for Ushant, the French island where Tiersen lives, the record featured little more than a grand piano and field recordings from the titular island, a sonic study of Tiersen's home. All is every bit the worldly companion piece to EUSA that its title suggests, but there's more to it than that — the word is also Breton for "others." Tiersen's latest album complements EUSA's solo piano pieces by augmenting them with digital ….