Today Yann Tiersen releases EUSA, his first album of solo piano works, and it’s one of his most beautiful releases to date. It is, quite literally, one awe-inspiring moment of elation after another, providing lots of opportunities for the listener to bask in its brilliant light. The concept behind the record is fascinating; Tiersen was inspired by ten different locations on his home island, Ushant (Eusa in the local Breton language), and each track contains a field recording of the point on the island that it was informed by. The piano obviously takes center stage, but if you listen closely you can hear the natural sounds of the island in the background. Tiersen’s love for the island is all over the album and it’ll have you wishing you came from such a place yourself. It might be an instrumental record, yet you come away from it feeling like you’ve just been told a touching, modern fairy tale.
Watch “Porz Goret,” taken from EUSA HERE.
Watch a short film of the Abbey Road recording of “Roc’h Ar Vugale” HERE.
Listen to an Introduction to Yann Tiersen on Spotify HERE.
Listen to a selection of Yann Tiersen’s recommendations HERE.
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This one was a little too sparse for my tastes at first but after listening a couple of times I fell in love with it. It’s so pretty. Now it moves me.