France - Full Moon 185 - 10/12/11
Mute / Playground
Skyline is French avant-garde musician Yann Tiersen's seventh
studio album. It succeeds last years critically acclaimed Dust
Lane, released almost exactly
on the same date as Dust Lane was a year ago.
Skyline continues where Dust Lane left off. Like on the
predecessor the sounscape is a wistful dream, made of fuzzing electric
guitars, vintage synths,
strings, piano and almost celestial choir vocals. The sounds swaying
between the fanfaric and the gravely earth-bound. This is not to say
Tiersen in any way repeats
himself, its on the contrary. He takes his distinct sound further, into
a even more deluding lightness.
The album opens with "Another Shore", a guitar driven majestic choir
stricken instrumental that descends into the bitter-sweet screaking
elegance of "I'm Gonna Live
Anyhow". Then there is the distressed "Monuments", which is followed by
the flourishingly misty "The Gutter" and the mighty chillingly
centrepiece "Exit 25 Block 20".
The rest of Skyline continues in the same pattern of extravagant
minimalism, with violently ethereal "Hesitation Wound", "Forgive me"
that leaks of longing and
want of redemption, and chiming accusive "The Trial" before the sublime
disoriented slow-core closure "Vanishing Point".
Yann Tiersen has with Skyline again delivered an almost
perfect album, that beautifully balances the darker emotions against the
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