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Yann Tiersen on World Cafe | May 30, 2012

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The music of multi-instrumentalist Yann Tiersen breaks the constraints of form, yet each track is built around poignant, emotional melodies. Tiersen quickly abandoned the academy training of his early childhood, smashing his violin and adopting the electric guitar instead. He began recording in the summer of 1993, and first found commercial success in his native France with 1998's Le Phare, recorded in two months on the island of Ouessant. Tiersen's overseas popularity took off with the release of director Jean-Pierre Juenet's 2001 film Amelie, for which he provided the film's score.

Tiersen's seventh studio album, Skyline, breaks with some of the most recognizable elements of his earlier works, yet still finds emotional resonance in unpredictable, unshackled sound. On today's episode of World Café, Tiersen describes the ways he links music to visual imagery, as well as the importance that such associations can have for listeners. He also discusses his French heritage and his exclusive use of English lyrics. (link)


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Fleetwood Mac "Come a Little Bit Closer" Heroes are Hard to Find
Metric "Youth Without Youth" Synthetica
The Raconteurs "Steady as She Goes" Broken Boy Soldier
Jesca Hoop "Born To" The House That Jack Built
Crowded House "Fall at Your Feet" Woodface
Yann Tiersen "La Valse De Amelie" Amelie de Montmarte
((Yann Tiersen "Monuments" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Yann Tiersen "Monuments" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Yann Tiersen "The Gutter" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Yann Tiersen "The Trial" Recorded Live for the World Cafe
((Yann Tiersen "The Gutter" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Of Monsters and Men "Dirty Paws" My Head is an Animal
Death Cab for Cutie "You're a Tourist" Codes and Keys
Langhorne Slim & The Law "The Way We Move" The Way We Move
Father John Misty "Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sleeps" Fear Fun


Florence & The Machine "Shake It Out" Ceremonials
The Flamin' Groovies "Shake Some Action" Groovies' Greatest Grooves
PJ Harvey "Let England Shake" Itunes Session
Youssou N'Dour "Shakin the Tree" The Lion
Terence Boylan "Shake It" Terence Boylan
Foster & Lloyd "Fair Shake" Faster & Llouder
((Prince (The Time) "Shake" Graffiti Bridge))
The Alabama Shakes "I Found You" Boys & Girls
Otis Redding "Shake" Otis Redding Sings Soul
North Mississippi All Stars "Shake Em On Down" Shake Hands With Shorty
((The Blasters "I'm Shakin'" The Blasters))
Jack White "I'm Shakin'" Blunderbuss
The Guess Who "Shakin' All Over" Anthology
Slim Harpo "Shake Your Hips" The Best of Slim Harpo
Delaney & Bonnie "Soul Shake" The Best Of Delaney & Bonnie
Los Lobos "Shakin' Shakin' Shakin'" By the Light of the Moon
Jerry Lee Lewis "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" 18 Original Greatest Hits
((Dan Auerbach "Mean Monsoon" Keep It Hid))