Yann Tiersen is the kind of humble, prolific multi-instrumentalist that you’ve probably heard without even realising – especially seeing as he scored the Amelie soundtrack. Hardly content to play second fiddle however, now the gallic alternative to Phillip Glass is back with eight studio album ‘∞’ and an attempt to prove he can still hold centre stage.
The eponymous opener starts with an ominous swell, hinting at not-too-far a departure from his signature soundtrack-esque sound. It’s effectively an elongated intro “Slipper Stones”, accompanied by the pitter-patter of rain as percussion and a melody in the vein of a morose Efterklang (who feature along with Peter Broderick – another worthy reference – on Tiersen’s 2011 record Skyline). The album plays out mostly in this mode – atmospheric soundscapes punctuated by ephemeral harmonies