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Tindersticks: Waiting For The Moon
Tindersticks: Waiting For The Moon
Artist Tindersticks
Album Waiting For The Moon
Label Beggars Banquet
Released 12/21/2003
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Perhaps not surprisingly for a band who can count three soundtracks in their resume( the animated short Trojan Horse, Claire Denis’ infamous Trouble Every Day and Nenette et Boni), ‘Waiting For The Moon’ draws you in like an unfolding narrative. It starts with a postcard from a nightmare (Until The Morning Comes) and awakes to a world that could hardly be less forgiving. On Say Goodbye To The City, Staples sounds like a man held captive inside his own song – pleading “I can’t see you anymore” over a backdrop of imminent panic which swells with every passing song. It’s on the remarkable 4:48 Psychosis though, that ‘Waiting For The Moon’ reaches the outermost point of its journey. Over a one-chord improvisation, Staples’ feverish intonations owe more to The Velvet Underground to any of the band’s more well-documented influences. After reading the text of Sarah Kane’s posthumously staged play, Staples felt that “it had a real connection with me. I avoided [writing] it as long as I could [but] then got to a point [where] I just had to do something.” Thereafter, ‘Waiting For The Moon’ slowly edges towards some kind of resolution. Sometimes It Hurts is the latest in a succession of duets that started back in 1993 with Huggy Bear’s Niki Sin and includes Isabella Rossellini, Ann Magnusson and Carla Torgerson. This time we find the bewitching chanteuse Lhasa de Sala negotiating a terrain familiar to Tindersticks fans – where parting fuels desire and desire prolongs the misery of parting. The sweetest sorrow also informs My Oblivion, thanks to the sumptuous languor of its strings. “Maybe, we’re beginning to find out what our own sound is, rather than referring too much to our current obsessions,” says Dickon Hinchcliffe, “I can listen to Waiting For The Moon and hear no-one else in it.”
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