Yann Tiersen
Dust Lane


4.0
excellent

Review

by Matthew D. French USER (50 Reviews)
September 27th, 2011 | 24 replies | 4,905 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Yann Tiersen ventures out of the ordinary to create something extraordinary.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

I assume everyone is familiar with the age-old term: “don’t judge a book by its cover”. Think of all of the great novels, movies, CDs, etc., that you would have missed out on had you prematurely judged them solely on what their casing looked like. Dust Lane’s cover isn’t the most pleasant thing to look at and is a little misleading. A lone, old white car sits vacant with the driver’s door ajar, contrasted against a cold, dead forest enveloped in a thin orange hue. Everything about it points to isolation and the decay of something beautiful, but it’s anything but. Quite the contrary, Dust Lane is an immensely warm album that is catchy as hell and floats atop lavish production throughout the course of 8 gorgeous songs that perform in water colors. It’s because of this that Dust Lane ends up being one of Yann Tiersen’s most divisive works to date.

Yann Tiersen is a classically trained French composer who’s best known for his work on the Amelie soundtrack and often accidentally regarded strictly as a composer because of his use of primarily piano and violin in a lot of his works. Dust Lane, however, features a wide array of instruments, ie: guitar, piano, violin, harpsichord, typewriter, synthesizers, and more. It has a scope as large as his theatrical compositions, but is also a whole new sound on its own, and is nearly impossible to be pigeonholed. It blends post-rock, alternative, pop rock, indie rock, and experimental (sometimes all within the same song) so well that it makes listening to any one of these 8 tracks a pleasure, and invites a lot of replays to gorge on all of the minute details here and there that are initially difficult to pick out (there are a lot of them).

Title track “Dust Lane” is a moody, multi-layered work that reveals itself in the latter half to be a joyous and uplifting journey with an exuberant choral chant and tasteful synthesizer. It would be a sing-along if the vocals weren’t partially hidden beneath the permeating percussion and synthesizers. The proceeding track, “Dark Stuff,” is a little more of a timid and restrained track that expands on its revolving motif as it evolves into something grandiose and haunting near its end, fading away with a beautiful violin and acoustic guitar. The reasons why Dust Lane reaches such blissful heights could also be seen as its main detractor: almost every song here builds tension and explodes in a dramatic way. It’s extremely enjoyable, but also makes the album feel a little formulaic in a sense. That said, the songs build on such elaborate structures so well that it’s hard to notice or really care too much that it’s kind of a ploy, because they have such a magnetic pull and are so easy to slip into. The most beautiful track on the album, “Till The End,” - a slice of ambiance and post-rock - even does this, just over a longer period of time. It builds more than any song on the album and at several points feels like it’s about to conclude, only to end up bringing out more instruments to expand even further, something we’re familiar seeing in a band like Sigur Ros.

While sometimes sad, most of what’s on offer throughout Dust Lane is colorful and soaked in reverberation. From the percussive anthem quality of the post-rock “Till The End,” to the beauty of the somewhat ironic “Fuck Me”’s emphatically happy pop-oriented nature, to the upbeat allure of title track’s glorious chant, Dust Lane is sure to have something for everyone. Yann Tiersen has applied his vast knowledge of music to fashion a readily accessible and enchanting mastery of both restraint and release. Highly recommended for those who like M83, Sigur Ros, and Phillip Glass.

We are boys and girls
Of the new world treading young.
We just want to find something.
We just want to lose control
Of our thoughts... Of our thoughts....




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toxin.
September 27th 2011



12021 Comments


Good review. A quick reread will find that you didn't capitalize "French" one point and didn't get the italics tag right elsewhere.

I never really got into Yann Tiersen personally.

Gyromania
September 27th 2011



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Literally my quickest writeup yet. I spent maybe 20-30 minutes on it, but I really just wanted to get people into this album, if at all possible. For anyone who's interested, here are some of the most immediately enjoyable songs on the album, which are also my personal favorites atm:

Dust Lane - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d80o6uTNoPI
Dark Stuff - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPrecGpIhIY&feature=related
Till The End - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Qm--yiIzAE&feature=related


Gyromania
September 27th 2011



15199 Comments


Thanks, xtoxin - good eye!

toxin.
September 27th 2011



12021 Comments


I stole your first post. My bad. Maybe you can get a mod to delete my comment haha

Gyromania
September 27th 2011



15199 Comments


Lol, it's no problem really. By the way, if you had trouble getting into Yann previously, I suggest you take a listen to the three links I posted - perhaps you'll enjoy them.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
September 27th 2011



17197 Comments


pos

toxin.
September 27th 2011



12021 Comments


I'll try them. I think this was the album I heard in early January by him (a rec off a friend) and I just thought that the "vocals" were an absolute gimmick. It's what warded me off but I'll try this again with an open mind.

scissorlocked
September 27th 2011



3508 Comments


POS man

album is lovely

good work with the review


Digging: John Roberts - Ausio

Gyromania
September 27th 2011



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I can see the vocals grating on people, but I think they're lovely. Hopefully you come around to this, at the very least I think you'll enjoy "Till The End".

Thanks Adam!

aok
September 27th 2011



4294 Comments


review is like the king of limbs of gyro reviews. straightforward and smooth.

cheers (pos)

Gyromania
September 27th 2011



15199 Comments


Thanks guys =D

Eclectic
September 28th 2011



3302 Comments


Great review man.

xtoxin, if you don't like this then you can try his simpler style
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ZJDNSp1QJA (one of of my personal favourites)
I'm interesting in hearing your opinion on that.

As for this album, I really am going to have to find it somewhere, from the tracks I've heard it sounds like a major departure from Tiersen's usual style, and I like that.

toxin.
September 28th 2011



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Edit: So I deleted my old post because I changed my mind. It's still run-of-the-mill as far as
classical music goes (like there's nothing outstandingly noteworthy) but it's just overall a great
tune to listen to. If it's online I might learn this on piano (man I gotta start practicing so I don't
forget everything!)

Gyromania
September 28th 2011



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Cheers Michael - I actually had you in mind while writing this because we were just discussing Yann not long ago. Let me know what you think of this record.

taylormemer
September 28th 2011



4913 Comments


Tiersen is cool.

Eclectic
September 28th 2011



3302 Comments


Taylor knows what's up.

Will do, Gyro.

Edit: So I deleted my old post because I changed my mind. It's still run-of-the-mill as far
as
classical music goes (like there's nothing outstandingly noteworthy) but it's just overall a great

tune to listen to. If it's online I might learn this on piano (man I gotta start practicing so I
don't
forget everything!)

I agree with you, or at least I would if I didn't have a personal connection to his work. It's not a
terribly hard piece to learn, I do admit, but I love it all the same.

toxin.
September 28th 2011



12021 Comments


Yeah, it sounded pretty easy except for those few arpeggios (and really, after 10 years of classical piano training I have no excuse not to be able to play it).

It is weird how post-rock ish this is. It's not classical at all

Gyromania
September 30th 2011



15199 Comments


Do you like this at all, xtoxin?

BallsToTheWall
September 30th 2011



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

HOLY SHIT WHEN DID THIS GET REVIEWED

Gyromania
September 30th 2011



15199 Comments


Was waiting for you to show up, Balls :P I'm trying to flesh out the lesser known artists, I think I might do one for Brendan Perry's Ark next. I'll probably shift my focus to newer albums though.

Anyways, what are your favorite songs from this?



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