Skyline was recorded between Paris, San Francisco & and the tiny island of Ouessant, and mixed by Ken Thomas (Sigur Ros, M83, David Bowie, Psychic TV). The record finds Tiersen taking a confident step forward, cementing the sound of its darker sister, the critically acclaimed Dust Lane.
Explains Tiersen, "Strangely while Skyline musically comes across as lighter and happier than Dust Lane the subject matter is somewhat darker - there is certainly a sense of moving on and what thoughts are left having dealt with loss".
An array of vintage synths add billowing, analogue textures, electric guitars and bass bring layers of fuzz and distortion. Songs slip from their moorings, take off on new and unexpected currents. "My plan was also to play with contrast between electric and quite dense parts and more sober and minimal quiet parts including piano and strings," he adds. So, voices join together in chorus, arcing violins and crashing drums build towards mighty fanfares - but then, clouds part, squall recedes to silence, and mournful piano and strings guide you home.
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Yann Tiersen tour dates:
Thursday, 4/26/2012, 8:00 pm, Union Transfer, Philadelphia, PA, US
Friday, 4/27/2012, 8:00 pm, Irving Plaza, New York, NY, US
Saturday, 4/28/2012, 8:00 pm Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY, US
Sunday, 4/29/2012, 8:00 pm, Royal Boston, Boston, MA, US
Tuesday, 5/01/2012, 8:00 pm, Metropolis, Montreal, QC, CA
Wednesday, 5/02/2012, 8:00 pm, The Pheonix Theatre, Toronto, ON, CA
Thursday, 5/03/2012, 8:00 pm, Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland, OH, US
Friday, 5/04/2012, 8:00 pm, Metro, Chicago, IL, US
Saturday, 5/05/2012, 8:00 pm, First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN, US
Tuesday, 5/08/2012, 8:00 pm, Showbox at the Market, Seattle, WA, US
Wednesday, 5/09/2012, 8:00 pm, Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, BC, CA
Thursday, 5/10/2012, 8:00 pm, Wonder Ballroom, Portland, OR, US
Friday, 5/11/2012, 8:00 pm, Regency Ballroom, San Francisco, CA, US
Saturday, 5/12/2012, 8:00 pm, The Music Box, Los Angeles, CA, US
Monday, 5/14/2012, 8:00 pm, Belly Up, San Diego, CA, US
Tuesday, 5/15/2012, 8:00 pm, The Rialto Theatre, Tucson, AZ, US
Thursday, 5/17/2012, 8:00 pm, TREES, Dallas, TX, US
Friday, 5/18/2012, 8:00 pm, Emo's East, Austin, TX, US
Saturday, 5/19/2012, 8:00 pm, Fitzgeralds, Houston, TX, US
Sunday, 5/20/2012, 8:00 pm, House of Blues, New Orleans, LA, US
Tuesday, 5/22/2012, 8:00 pm, Beacham Theatre, Orlando, FL, US
Wednesday, 5/23/2012, 8:00 pm, Grand Central, Miami, FL, US
Thursday, 5/24/2012, 8:00 pm, Variety Playhouse, Atlanta, GA, US
Friday, 5/25/2012, 8:00 pm, Cat's Cradle, Chapel Hill, NC, US
Saturday, 5/26/2012, 8:00 pm, 9:30 Club, Washington, DC, US