ALBUM REVIEW: Tindersticks – The Waiting Room

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TRating8.5indersticks have traveled their own considered career trajectory with intermittent suspensions of activity and then a return to active duty, always with the same ear for detail in their nuanced and ornate, soulful baroque pop music.The Waiting Room is yet another excellent entry to their discography. It’s measured and draws on found sounds, field recordings, guest vocalists, jazz, post-rock, pastoral psychedelia and just the right amount of avant garde atmospherics. Stuart Staples’ voice is the crooning, crowning glory as always yet, essentially, the band provide the perfect cinematic backdrop for his poised and considered lyrics. The Waiting Room is easily the equal of their finest work.

Chris Familton

NEW MUSIC: Tindersticks – Hey Lucinda

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Tindersticks rearranged my universe in a small way when I first heard their Simple Pleasure album in 1999. It was around the same time that I fell for Lambchop, Mogwai and various other bands that dealt in graceful musical moods and atmosphere. I’ve followed them ever since, getting that sense of anticipation at hearing that warm melancholic tone of Stuart Staples over his bandmates’ new songs when each new album was announced.

Here’s ‘Hey Lucinda’ the first taste of their new (10th) album via a video clip created by by Joe King & Rosie Pedlow and featuring the vocals of Lhasa De Sela who sadly passed away from breast cancer in 2010.

Their new album The Waiting Room will be available as a limited edition CD/DVD, LP/DVD and very limited clear vinyl LP/DVD, worldwide through City Slang on January 22, 2016.