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Tindersticks

Simple Pleasures - Expanded Vinyl Edition

    Tindersticks is an English alternative rock band formed in 1991 by Stuart Staples, Dave Boulter, Neil Fraser, Dickon Hinchliffe, Al Macaulay and John Thompson. In 1993 they released their first self-titled album, and the following years they recorded several albums, documentaries and film soundtracks. During the 90s Tindersticks stood apart with their dark, literary lyrics and melancholy orchestrations and were a different breed as both the British indie scene and the Brit-Pop sound dominated the UK charts.

    Their fourth album Simple Pleasures steered the group into snappier and lighter songs, however the liner notes proved that the recording process was a painstaking experience. The respectful cover of Odyssey’s “If You’re Looking For A Way Out” is a perfect example of their new influences by soul, gospel and jazz music.

    This Music On Vinyl Expanded Edition features the original album (9 Tracks) and no less than 12 bonus tracks, including “Twisted Wheel” (which is the demo version of “Can We Start Again”) and the Adrian Sherwood remix of “I Know That Loving”. 

    FORMAT INFORMATION

    2xLP Info: 180 Gram vinyl and 12 bonus tracks

    Tindersticks release their new album ‘The Waiting Room,’ a milestone not just numerically, but musically and creatively. Their first studio album since 2012’s critically acclaimed ‘The Something Rain' (9/10 DiS, 8.1 pitchfork, 8/10 the Quietus, 8/10 DIY, 4/5 Guardian, 4/5 Independent on Sunday, 4/5 Uncut, 4/5 Q, 4/5 Observer) is the most ambitious, diverse and elaborate album you’ll have heard from Tindersticks in recent years. 2 decades into their musical voyage Tindersticks, established masters of restraint and poetic human emotion, are a band now confidently making the best songs of their career.

    ‘The Waiting Room' breathes gravity and features guest appearances by Jehnny Beth of Savages and a particularly poignant duet with long time friend of Stuart Staples, Lhasa De Sela. Not just an album but also an elaborate collaborative artistic project, each track is accompanied by a short film, each one a visual interpretation by it's own director. Christoph Girardet, Pierre Vinour, Claire Denis, Rosie Pedlow and Joe King, Gregorio Graziosi, Richard Dumas and Gabriel Sanna.

    STAFF COMMENTS

    Millie says: Hazy and harrowing, The Waiting Room is an intimate album with soft lyrics which are told in a story-like manner holding incredible depth. It has remnants of Celtic folk influence from the percussion, orchestral choruses and tinkering sounds of loveliness!

    Continuing a long and fruitful creative relationship, Tindersticks have completed their 7th original film score for renowned director Claire Denis, for her provocative thriller LES SALAUDS (BASTARDS), released in French cinemas on 7th August. The film premiered at Cannes in Un Certain Regard and offers confirmation, were it needed, of the Denis’s status as one of the most exciting and innovative filmmakers currently working, and of one of the most consistent and unique partnerships existing between a director and a group of musicians.

    Marking a fundamental stylistic departure for the band, the hypnotic electronic score resonates the darkly sensual and dreamlike rhythms of the film’s revenge narrative, featuring a new twist on the Hot Chocolate classic ‘Put Your Love in Me’. The soundtrack for Bastards/Les Salauds is released on the band’s Lucky Dog label.

    On the creative process Claire Denis says “Stuart read the screenplay, which I believe upset him a little. It took him time to find his bearings and start composing. I told him the film began in the rain, and suggested echoing this with dissonant electronic music. I had in mind Tangerine Dream’s music for Michael Mann’s Thief. We worked together as we’re accustomed to: I’d go and see him in his studio in Creuse, he’d come to Paris to make me listen and we’d talk.”

    Stuart Staples adds, “We talked about sailors and their relationship with dry land; an unreal place where the worst of things can happen…and inevitably do, a world of nightmares. I started to experiment with synthetic sounds - a strange environment, I felt like that sailor, surrounded by equipment and ideas that I didn’t understand. The idea to use Hot Chocolate's ‘Put your love in me’ was an early point of connection for me, to shift the desperation in that song into a different space, to give me something to hold on to and to grow from.”

    2013 is a landmark year for Tindersticks who turn 21 this year. The band are celebrating this special milestone with a plethora of exciting new music and art projects across 2013 including their 10th studio album Across six leap years, (released 14th October) and the autumn UK release of the book Singing Skies, the first collaboration between Stuart A Staples and his wife, artist Suzanne Osborne This anniversary year culminates in a jubilant ‘Across six leap years’ European tour in October.

    FORMAT INFORMATION

    CD Info: 2 pocket sleeve in high quality 300g card. 10 page concertina booklet on agrippina paper. CD packaged in its own CD inner sleeve.

    After self-releasing several well-received singles, Tindersticks became darlings of the mainstream British and alternative American press with the 1993 release of their eponymously titled debut album. Moving from classically-tinged ballads, chaotic rockers with plenty of cacophonous dissonance, and simple, yet captivating pop gems, the band proved that an album with twenty songs could maintain a consistent vision without becoming repetitive. Where their contemporaries were often direct and to the point, Tindersticks were obtuse and leisurely, crafting dense, difficult songs layered with literary lyrics, intertwining melodies, mumbling vocals, and gently melancholy orchestrations. Essentially, the group filtered the dark romanticism of Leonard Cohen, Ian Curtis, and Scott Walker as filtered through the bizarre pop songcraft of Lee Hazlewood and the aesthetics of indie rock and with each successive record, the band upped the orchestral ante without compromising melody, subtlety or mood. This double CD contains 25 of their BBC In Session recordings made between 1993-1997, selected by the band. The artwork was designed by Stuart Staples and sleeve notes written by David Boulter.


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