Photo by Richard Dumas

Multidisciplinary Breton artist Émilie Tiersen – aka QUINQUIS – has shared her cover of Berlin’s classic Take My Breath Away

The track comes from her new six-track EP, AER, out 8 September.

“Recording a cover of Take My Breath Away begun almost as a joke,” the singer told Classic Pop. “I was lying on a hospital bed, in the Covid section. I had been evacuated from my island as I couldn’t breathe properly.  I spent a week in that hospital room, seeing only doctors as no one was allowed to visit me, obviously.

“I couldn’t really talk so I knew it would take a while for me to be able to sing again. I was missing Ushant, that very romantic island where many love stories begun. So at some point, as my worried friends were trying to get some news from me, I just sent them Take My Breath Away and swore, ‘If I can recover from this, I’ll do a cover of that song.’”

Watch the video for the song here.

The AER EP is the latest release in a busy year for the Breton artist, whose debut album for Mute, SEIM, came out earlier this year. Initially inspired by the birth of her child and a period of intense touring with Yann Tiersen, her own touring in 2022 kicked off with a performance at Sea Change Festival and a series of dates with Algiers before continuing throughout September and October – full details below.

Earlier this summer, Émilie shared two remixes: Phew’s remix of Netra Ken and Keeley Forsyth’s take on Adkrog. Both tracks were singles from the singer’s first album under the name QUINQUIS.

SEIM forges a deep connection to the artist’s own culture, history and identity and saw Émilie working with a new sonic palette after several albums released as Tiny Feet. Once these ideas began to mutate into something more musical, she connected with producer and artist Gareth Jones (Sunroof, Liars, Depeche Mode, Apparat).

“The record revealed itself in the back-and-forth Gareth and I had,” she says. “It was really unexpected because Gareth and I are quite the opposite – he was the light to my darkness.”


7 September – Brussels (BE), Cirque Royale – with Yann Tiersen

8 September – London (UK), Roundhouse – with Yann Tiersen

10 September – Berlin (DE), Tempodrom – with Yann Tiersen

12 September – Malmo (SE), Malmo Concert Hall – with Yann Tiersen

13 September – Gothenburg (SE), Pustervik – with Yann Tiersen

15 September – Stockholm (SE), Filadelfia – with Yann Tiersen

16 September – Copenhagen (DK), Vega – with Yann Tiersen

18 September – Paris (FR), La Gaîté Lyrique – with Yann Tiersen

19 September – Paris (FR), La Gaîté Lyrique – with Yann Tiersen

21 September – Roubaix (FR), La Colisee – with Yann Tiersen

22 September – Rouen (FR), Le 106 – with Yann Tiersen

23 September – Nancy (FR), L’autre Canal – with Yann Tiersen

24 September – Dijon (FR), La Vapeur – with Yann Tiersen

27 September – La Rochelle (FR), La Sirene – with Yann Tiersen

28 September – Bordeaux (FR), Krakatoa – with Yann Tiersen

29 September – Toulouse (FR), Le Bikini – with Yann Tiersen

30 September – Clermont-Ferrand (FR), Cooperative de Mai – with Yann Tiersen

1 October – Marseille (FR), Le Moulin – with Yann Tiersen

4 October – Tours (FR), Le Temps Machine – with Yann Tiersen

5 October – Grenoble (FR), La Belle Electrique – with Yann Tiersen

6 October – Strasbourg (FR), La Laiterie – with Yann Tiersen

 Tickets are onsale now:

SEIM is out now as a limited edition Dinked Edition with flexi-disc and signed, numbered print; clear vinyl, CD and digitally:


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