Yann Tiersen has announced details of an instore at Rough Trade East on Friday 16 May. The instore, his first since the massively oversubscribed Rough Trade East appearance in 2011, precedes the release of the brand new album, 8 (Infinity), out on 19th May 2014 and will follow a sold out performance at London's ICA on 14 May.
'A Midsummer Evening', dense with manipulated textures, strings and choral chanting, began, as the album did, as little more than noise from toys.
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 àlavur J kupsson (a member of Tiersen's live band) both contributed tracks on the same theme - stones - Moffat's in English and J kupsson's in Faroese.
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 Fant"mas series which he curated at the Th'ƒtre de Chƒtelet with guests Tim Hecker, James Blackshaw, Loney Dear and Amiina.
As well as the exclusive live performance at the ICA, London, on 14 May - which sold out in less than 5 hours, the Yann Tiersen tour will also include London's Royal Festival Hall on 26 September, Paris' Olympia on 27 Octoberand New York's The Highline on 31 May - full tour details below.
YANN TIERSEN TOUR DATES
8 May - Teatre BARTS - Barcelona, Spain
12 May - Le Temps Machine - Tours, France
14 May - ICA London - SOLD OUT
16 May - Rough Trade East, London (instore performance)
26 May - Teatro De La Ciudad "Esperanza Iris" Mexico City
28 May - 9:30 Club Washington, DC
29 May - Theatre of the Living Arts, Philadelphia, PA
30 May - Highline Ballroom, New York, NY
31 May - The Highline New York, NY
1 June - The Sinclair Cambridge, MA
3 June - Soda Club Montreal, Canada
4 June - The Opera House Toronto, Canada
6 June - The Crofoot Ballroom Detroit, MI
7 June - The Bottom Lounge Chicago, IL
8 June - Cedar Cultural Center Minneapolis, MN
10 June - Bluebird Theater Denver, CO
11 June - Urban Lounge Salt Lake City, UT
13 June - Neumo's Seattle, WA
14 June - The Rio Theatre Vancouver, Canada
15 June - Wonder Ballroom Portland, OR
17 June - Regency Ballroom San Francisco, CA
18 June - Rio Theatre Santa Cruz, CA
20 June - The Fonda Theatre Los Angeles, CA
26 Sept - Royal Festival Hall, London
27 Oct - The Olympia Paris, France