Yann Tiersen's 'A Midsummer Evening' starts with the regimented tick and chime of clockwork. Then it warbles and breaks, shakes loose its shackles, and steps out into a resplendent expanse of pop.

It's a rich and endearingly content song, joyous, but not overbearingly so. And as the first track taken from his upcoming album ∞ (Infinity) -- the follow up to 2011's skyline -- it makes a great impression.

∞ is out May 19th via Mute.

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