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An Pierlé

Country of origin:


Type of music generally:

Evocative/eclectic alternative pop


Most recent release, Arches (2016)

See also:

An Pierlé's site

Wikipedia's entry for An Pierlé


A Tori Amos/Dresden Dolls cross

Covers/own material:

Own, occasional covers

General comments:

She is a Belgian artist and does the Tori thing. She has some amazing songs and a very fierce and beautiful style. She is amazing. Her cd and cover of Gary Numan is reason enough to worship her. (

Recommended first album:

Mud Stories


  • Mud Stories (1999)
  • Live Jet Set With Orchestra (2002)
  • Helium Sunset (2002)
  • White Velvet (2006)
  • Singles & Rarities + Live In Brussels, Paris & Hamburg (compilation, 2008)
  • Hinterland (2010)
  • Strange Days (2013)
  • Strange Ways (EP, 2013)
  • Arches (2016)

Mud Stories

Release info:

1999—WEA (Germany)—39842 97962 7



Ecto priority:

Highly recommended

Group members:

An Pierlé—vocals, piano

Guest artists:

Not listed

Produced by:

Karel, Jo


Passionate even to verging on bombastic then becoming a whisper, this album runs the emotional gamut, and damn I love it. (Neile)

Helium Sunset

Release info:

2002—WEA (Germany)—0927 44423 2; 2003 PIAS 3450089026; 2004—Play It Again Sam—3450089024



Ecto priority:

For An Pierlé fans

Group members:

An Pierlé—vocals, CP80 piano, mellotron, Rhodes piano, grand piano, keyboards, synthesizer, accordion, organ, xylophone

Guest artists:

Koen Gisen—mellotron, electric guitars, acoustic guitars, percussion, vocals
Klaas Delvaux—bass (1, 2, 3), cello (4)
Karel De Becker II—drums (1), synthesizer (4), percussion (6), bass (6), Korg synthesizer (7), sound effects (10), time stretching string effects (11)
Patrick Van Neck—bass (2, 3, 5, 9), percussion (6, 10)
Peter De Bosschere—drums (2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9)
Thomas Van Cottom—percussion (3)
Simon Lenaki—cello (4)
Diederick De Kock—drums (6, 7)
Thomas De Smet—kerkeba
Joost Zweegers—bass (9)

Produced by:

Koen Gisen


I can't explain it: I love Mud Stories, but whenever I listen to this CD my mind just slides right off it. At the end of playing it I can't remember what it sounded like or whether or not I liked it. So I play it again and the same thing happens. For me it's the teflon CD. (Neile)

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