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Yann Tiersen returns with the first album to be recorded at his new studio, venue and community centre, built in an abandoned discotheque on Ushant, a small island positioned in the Celtic sea between Brittany and Cornwall, Tiersen’s home for the past 15 years.
"The album, mixed and produced by Tiersen and Gareth Jones, continues the themes of environment and a connection to nature explored across many of his albums but especially on 2016’s ‘EUSA’. Incorporating field recordings from Brittany as well as from a forest of redwood trees in Devon (on ‘Koad’, recorded at Schumacher College, part of the Dartington Hall Trust) and at the decommissioned Tempelhof airport in Berlin (‘Tempelhof’).
For ‘Usal Road’ Tiersen returned to a particularly significant spot in California (Usal Road, situated on the Lost Coast) to record violin. This place holds symbolic meaning to Tiersen after he was chased by a mountain lion there in 2014, an event which triggered a renewed and deeper connection to nature and specifically our humble place within it.
Predominately sung in Breton, the album features several guest vocalists: Anna von Hausswolff (‘Koad’), Ólavur Jákupsson (‘Erc’h’) and Breton singer-songwriters Denez Prigent(‘Gwennilied’), Emilie Tiersen and Gaëlle Kerrien."