Composer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Yann Tiersen excels at melancholic, thought-provoking music that captures a sense of place as well as mood. Though he first became popular outside of France for his award-winning 2001 score to Jean-Pierre Jeunet's Amélie, he had been working for years before the film's success brought him international acclaim. Drawing comparisons to Chopin, Erik Satie, Philip Glass, and Michael Nyman with his blend of classical training, traditional French and Breton music, and pop, rock, and electronic music, Tiersen favored the whimsical sounds of toy piano, harpsichord, accordion, and typewriter on early albums such as 1995's Le Valse des Monstres and 1998's Le Phare. However, as the years passed, the scope of his music grew. He incorporated post-rock into albums like 2010's Dust Lane and 2014's ∞ ...
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