DANIEL MILLER’S independent mainstay Mute have revealed the latest addition to an already diverse and dazzling stable; and that signing comes in the shape of Quinquis, the new project of Yann Tiersen’s wife and former Tiny Feet chanteuse Émilie Tiersen.
As Tiny Feet, Émilie released a brace of albums of rather gorgeous, complex Francophone pop during the last decade; but has since refashioned her musical persona as Quinquis, her maiden name, paying homage to her personal and family history and allowing for a musical fresh start.
Her first single is “Adkrog”, which dispenses with the acoustic instrumentation and more chamber-folk sound she formerly favoured, to be replaced by a more noir, sweeping electropop, pulsing, atmospheric, spacious; music for dusk rather than a summer’s day.
The title, Adkrog, aptly translates as ‘Start Again’ from Émilie’s native Breizh tongue.
“It’s about finding the energy in environment and nature,” she explains. “When I was feeling desperate, I sat outside and I prayed for nature to give me some answers. This song is about that – if you just let go then nature gives you an answer.”
And the darkened, claustrophobic video which accompanies? “Murat’s video is the counterpoint to the track. When the mind is stuck indoors, it starts looking for an answer from the outdoors,”
Quinquis has a full body of work planned for release in 2022, including a collaboration with producer and artist Gareth Jones, who’s worked with Sunroof, Liars, Depeche Mode and Apparat. And she will also be very much out on the road across Europe in the first half of the year, with a massive run of dates, firstly in support of Yann and then later with Atlanta, Georgia’a Algiers.
Those live shows begin with a performance at the Eurosonic Festival in Groningen on Friday, January 21st, before appearing with Yann as follows, on all dates except that at St Pancras Old Church, which is a headline show:
Saturday, January 29th, Stockholm, Filadelfia;
Sunday, January 30th, Gothenburg, Trädgår’n;
Monday, January 31st, Copenhagen, Opera House;
Tuesday, February 1st, Malmö, Malmö Live;
Wednesday, February 2nd, Hamburg, Laeiszhalle;
Friday, February 4th, Berlin, Tempodrom;
Monday, February 7th, Milan, Teatro degli Arcimboldi;
Wednesday, February 9th, Düsseldorf, Tonhalle;
Thursday, February 10th, Brussels, Cirque Royale;
Saturday, February 12th, London, Camden, The Roundhouse;
Monday, February 14th, Glasgow, Royal Concert Hall;
Tuesday, February 15th, Manchester, Bridgewater Hall;
Wednesday, February 16th, London, St Pancras Old Church (headline show);
Friday, February 18th, Roubaix, Le Colisée;
Saturday, February 19th, Strasbourg, La Laiterie (SOLD OUT);
Sunday, February 20th, Dijon, La Vapeur;
Tuesday, February 22nd, Montpellier, Le Corum;
Wednesday, February 23rd,Toulouse, Le Bikini;
Thursday, February 24th, Biarritz, La Gare du Midi;
Friday, February 25th, Bordeaux, Krakatoa;
Saturday, February 26th, La Rochelle, La Sirène;
Monday, February 28th, Tours, Le Grand Théâtre;
Tuesday, March 1st, Clermont-Ferrand, Coopérative de Mai, and
Wednesday, March 2nd, Rouen, Le 106.
Then after a short sojourn, she will return to gigging in support of Algiers in May, those dates being:
Tuesday, May 10th, Bern, ISC;
Wednesday, May 11th, Turin, Circolo della Music;
Thursday, May 12th, Milan, Biki;
Monday, May 16th, Munich, Strom;
Tuesday, May 17th, Schorndorf, Manufaktur;
Wednesday, May 18th, Berlin, Lido;
Friday, May 20th, Stockholm, Nalen Klubb;
Saturday, May 21st, Oslo, Revolver;
Sunday, May 22nd, Copenhagen, Stengade;
Monday, May 23rd, Hamburg, Knust;
Wednesday, May 25th, Bielefeld, Forum;
Thursday, May 26th Cologne, Club Volta, and
Friday, May 27th, Nijmegen, Doornroosje.
For tickets and more information, click through on each town or city’s hyperlink. Tickets for the St Pancras show will go on sale this Friday, December 3. More details of that here.