Yann Tiersen & Shannon Wright
is a beautifully-produced record -- both in terms of the music it contains and the package that contains that music. I'm aware that I wrote about PJ Harvey
's White Chalk, last week, and devoted attention to album artwork -- but think of it as a mini-trend within my (hardy copious) review corpus.
I don't think I'm going to try and tie in the album artwork with the music, this time; I just want to say that it's nice. Typographical.
YT&SW is a very textured collection of songs - and that is the realm in which I think it most remarkable. In the opening track, No Mercy For She, for instance, a fantastic piano sound (chunky, compressed, resonant, somewhat lo-fi, but big) is set against Yann Tiersen
's whispy (and inspired) violin sketching and slivers of ice-like bowed steel. It's a fine opening track: the unusual pairing of textures captures my attention immediately -- and the dolorous, funereal quality of the piano is (fascinatingly) offset by a raging, subdued aggression. …