At Grand Central Wednesday night, Yann Tiersen took a packed house down Dust Lane, the French composer and punk-at-heart’s poignantly beautiful sixth studio album. Switching from mandolin to guitar to violin, Tiersen and his pasty backup chamber performed a 15-song set that flowed more like a film score than a pop album — no surprise considering Tiersen composed the soundtracks of Good Bye Lenin! and Amélie. The set had its sleepy lulls early on (prompting this bit of juvenilia), and Tiersen’s music generally seems better suited to headphones or THX surround sound than a PA system. But the jig-worthy violin solo “Sur Le Fil” about halfway through startled me awake, and from there the set built cinematically to show closer “Fuck Me” (pardon his French), a fitting climax to the evening’s soundtrack.
Here are some photos from the show and, to set the mood, a stage-side recording of the track “Dust Lane” (at the bottom of the post).