new music: Tindersticks

Tindersticks, “Hey Lucinda”

I’ve long adored this band. It’s no secret that I gravitate toward darker music even though I love Brit Pop and followed Jesus Jones and The Charlatans UK on tour during the 90s. Tindersticks plays sexy, dark music. Singer Stuart Staples oozes romance with that brooding baritone and the varied instrumentation of violin, keyboards, percussion and guitar leads to gorgeous layered arrangements. Tinderstickswill release The Waiting Room [City Slang] on January 22nd. It’s a collaborative film project as well with each song on the album accompanied by a short film. Tindersticks created soundtracks for several Claire Denis films. The new album features guest appearances by Jehnny Beth of Savages and the late singer Lhasa De Sela.

Tindersticks formed in Nottingham, England in 1992 by Stuart Staples [vocalist], David Boulter [keyboardist], Neil Fraser [guitarist], Dickon Hinchcliffe [violinist], Mark Colwill [bassist] and Al Macaulay [drummer]. Staples, Boulter and Fraser remain in the current line-up.

“Hey Lucinda,” features the vocals of Lhasa De Sela and Rosie Pedlow and Joe King directed the short film.

“We are Dreamers” features a haunting and roiling melody. Jehnny Beth of Savages duets with Stuart Staples. Brazilian director Gabriel Sanna directed the short film.

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