I went to see French musician Yann Tiersen play in Vicar street last night. If you haven’t heard of him, you have probably heard his music as he only became well known outside France after he did the soundtrack for Amelie and Goodbye Lenin. His songs are certainly distinctive and atmospheric and some of them are very reminscent of Bon Iver (or maybe that’s the other way around).
At stages last night he seamlessly switched between the violin, mandolin, guitar and synthesizer and the result was some hauntingly mellow tracks mixed in with big loud anthems.
While he didnt engage hugely with the crowd, this came across more as an endearing shyness than ego and the music certainly made up for it. Each track was layered with depth and ambience.
I would recommend picking up one of his albums particularly his latest Skyline, it’s a slow burner to add to your collection and will give you some dreamy escapism.