By Staff; photo by Jeff Rabillon on February 28, 2012
French master of composition Yann Tiersen is no stranger to a good melody. Although he is most well known to American ears as the force behind the quirky, Parisian score to Jean-Pierre Jeunet's unforgettable film Amélie, Tiersen has been making music to soundtrack dreams and nightmares—motion-picturesque, or otherwise—since the mid '90s and on April 17, he will release his seventh studio album, Skyline, via Anti-.
"The Trial" is one of our first glimpses into the record, and seems ready-set to soundtrack any piece of lovelorn nostalgia. Over a sweet set of xylophone notes, a series of mournful choruses lend a darker aura to the scene. As Tiersen himself explains, "This song is the opposite to the love song 'Fuck Me' on [2010's] Dust Lane. 'The Trial' is a hate song about a someone, who I'm keeping a secret, and carries the sentiment 'if you do a horrible thing, you have to live with it.'" Enough said.
Below, check out the Sam Wilkins–directed video for "The Trial," a eyeball-diving soul-search in sepia.
Skyline is out April 17 on Anti-. Yann Tiersen is set to tour the U.S. in spring.
Yann Tiersen tour dates
26 - Union Transfer - Philadelphia, PA
27 - Irving Plaza - NYC
28 - Music Hall of Williamsburg - Brooklyn, NY
29 - Royale Boston - Boston, MA
3 - Beachland Ballroom - Cleveland, OH
4 - Metro - Chicago, IL
5 - First Ave - Minneapolis, MN
9 - Showbox at the Market - Seattle, WA
10 - Wonder Ballroom - Portland, OR
11 - Regency Ballroom - San Francisco, CA
12 - The Music Box - Los Angeles, CA
14 - The Belly-Up Tavern - Solana Beach, CA
15 - Rialto Theatre - Tucson, AZ
17 - Trees - Dallas, TX
18- Emo's East - Austin, TX
19 - Fitzgerald's - Houston, TX
20 - House of Blues - New Orleans, LA
22 - Beacham Theatre - Orlando, FL
23 - Grand Central - Miami, FL
24 - Variety Playhouse - Atlanta, GA
25 - Cat's Cradle - Carrboro, NC
26 - 9:30 Club - Washington, DC