|The Waiting Room (January 22nd, 2016)|
Tindersticks — The Waiting Room (January 22nd, 2016) ♠ In January 2016 Tindersticks will 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.
♠ Each song on the album will have a specially commissioned film to accompany it with the series produced by La Blogoteque and a directed by a host of different international film directors including Christoph Girardet (Germany), Claire Denis and Pierre Vinour (France), Gabriel Sanna (Brazil) and Rosie Pedlow and Joe King (UK).
♠ Following its world premiere at the Clermont–Ferrand International Short Film Festival in February, the band embark a major European tour culminating in UK gigs in April and May.Location: Nottingham, England
Album release: January 22, 2016
Record Label: City Slang
Genre: Alternative, Indie Rock, Chamber Pop
01. Follow Me
02. Second Chance Man
03. Were We Once Lovers?
04. Help Youself
05. Hey Lucinda
06. This Fear of Emptiness
07. How He Entered
08. The Waiting Room
09. Planting Holes
10. We Are Dreamers!
11. Like Only Lovers Can
The Waiting Room
♠ David Boulter, Neil Fraser, Earl Harvin, Dan McKinna, Stuart A. Staples.
recorded at ‘le chien chanceux’ by Stuart A. Staples, sometimes with Sam Naval.
♠ Strings and brass recorded by George Murphy (the pool and eastcote)
‘Hey Lucinda’ singing recorded at Hotel2Tango, Montreal mixed may 2015 by Stuart A. Staples
♠ Produced by Stuart A. Staples mastered by John Dent at Loud.
♠ In January 2016 Tindersticks will 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 is the most ambitious, diverse and elaborate album you ll have heard from Tindersticks in recent years. 2 decades into their musical voyage these 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 and Canadian legend, Lhasa De Sela.
The waiting room
♠ It took 4 years to create, what seemed like, a huge pile of ideas and then sift though them to find the nuggets that form this album. An album essentially made from a collection of first or second takes of shared moments, gently edited down and embellished into the songs here.
♠ After 2102’s ‘the something rain’ tindersticks needed some time to figure out this rebuilt, reinvigorated band we had become. Time needed for it take its own shape. There were welcome diversions — the electronic soundtrack to Claire Denis’ ‘Les Salauds’, the orchestral soundscapes for the Ypres WW1 museum, the ‘Singing skies’ art project and book. And also celebrating our 20th anniversary with a live in the studio album and European tour… moments of coming to terms with our past, being released from it.
♠ From the dissolution of the original line up in 2006 (David Boulter, Neil Fraser and Stuart A. Staples remaining) to the addition of Dan Mckinna (2007) and Earl Harvin (2009). This new incarnation has gradually been finding its own way of approaching ideas within their studio environment of ‘Le chien chanceux’. This was felt keenly with the writing and recording of ‘Help Yourself’ — The first song to be realized for this album — which raised a lot of questions, not least: How do we make an album that this song sits happily in the centre of?
♠ Gradually the other songs began to surface and show themselves. From abstract ideas (‘Were we once lovers?’, ‘How he entered’) to more traditional structures (‘Second chance man’, ‘The waiting room’), and finally to the song we needed to begin the album — A cover version of ‘Follow me’, Bronislau Kaper’s theme from the 1962 version of ‘Mutiny on the bounty’.
♠ Although the recording, production and arrangements were taken care of in–house, the album also benefits hugely from the brass arrangements of Julian Siegel and the singing of Jehnny Beth from Savages on ‘We are dreamers!’.And a last song with Lhasa.
♠ Lhasa de Sela was a great artist and singer but, more importantly, a close friend and creative ally. Before her death in 2010, when she was fit and well, we recorded the singing for the song ‘Hey Lucinda’ together. It has taken a long time for me to be able to return this recording and, hopefully, to do justice to the song we both wanted it to be.
♠ August 2015
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|The Waiting Room (January 22nd, 2016)|