Tindersticks: The Something Rain
The Something Rain brims and bristles with canny narrative thrust. Slinky, supple compositions are spiked with plenty of barbed edges and sparkling fizz. Right out the gate, album opener "Chocolate" features David Boulter's sequel to the spoken-word classic "My Sister" from Tindersticks' 1995 eponymous release. Boulter narrates the story while the band works up a brilliant, brewing crescendo, abetted by the swirling horns of long-time collaborator Terry Edwards. This is indeed a new Tindersticks classic ? edgier, more exuberant and more expansive ? that spurs The Something Rain into a song cycle of rolling, at times rollicking, and always inimitably Tinderstickian takes on smoky Northern Soul.Staples' home studio Le Chien Chanceux has figured prominently throughout the Tindersticks reunification period, but with The Something Rain, this space ? and Staples' ongoing immersion in recording and mixing techniques ? has fully emerged as ground zero for the band's sound. For the first time, Le Chien Chanceux studio serves as the location for the entirety of a Tindersticks album production, and Staples himself is solely credited with the recording and mixing. The album sounds terrific, and is a testament to Tindersticks' continuing reinvigoration.
Tindersticks: Claire Denis Film Scores 1996-2009
Tindersticks have had a long and fruitful relationship with French filmmaker Claire Denis. The group's first soundtrack for Denis, Nenette Et Boni (1996), was also their third album, following two eponymous and now legendary Tindersticks full-lengths in the early 90s. Five more soundtracks have followed, marking one of the more fertile, consistent and resonant relationships between a director and a group of musicians in contemporary cinema.This box gathers all six of the Claire Denis soundtracks , four of which are previously unreleased. It is a subtle, beautiful body of work and an integral part of the Tindersticks oeuvre.CD and LP sets each come in a slipcase box made from deluxe uncoated black paperboard with a custom die-cut window and metallic print. Discs are housed in printed sleeves, each of which features an iconic image from the corresponding film that can interact with the window-cut box. The package also includes a perfect-bound booklet full of colour film still prints and an essay by renowned music writer Michael Hill.