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We’re excited to announce our new album ’Distractions’ out February 19th on City Slang Records,

A new album on its way, it’s called ‘Distractions’ and we are pretty excited by it. More details to follow but in the meantime here is the first song – A cover version of The Television Personalities‘ ‘You’ll have to scream louder’ from their classic album ‘The Painted Word’ “Late May, early June 2020 was a twitchy and angry time for many of us. There was a growing agitation inside of me.

I woke on a Saturday morning with no plans but just this Television Personalities song going round in my head, it pushed me into the studio.4 or 5 hours later I had made the basis of this recording, though I had to wait for windows of opportunity within our confinement to work with the band to bring it to a conclusion. I have loved the TVPs since buying the Bill Grundy e.p. with its photocopied sleeve on one of my regular after school bus trips to the Virgin record shop in a basement on King Street, Nottingham. Some years later, in 1984, I was living around the corner on the 17th floor of Victoria Centre flats, they swayed in the wind. I was working a few days at a local record shop and The Painted Word was released. It became at the soundtrack to that semi-slum, those times. I was 19. To be young in the early 1980’s there was much to be angry about, battles to be fought – Thatcher, racial and gender injustice – and (one of the motivations for this song) nuclear disarmament. Although we may not have thought those battles were ever won, we believed we had helped push things in a different direction, that changes were made. In the spring of 2020 we were shown painfully that these battles are ongoing.” ‘Hope you enjoy

“Man Alone” was always a journey but I wasn’t expecting it to be such a long one. We made a 6 minute version but it felt like it pulled off and stopped half way to its destination. This was the beginning of a long journey in itself, to find the route needed to complete itself – Probably the biggest challenge a song or piece of music has given us. It was delicate and slippery right up to the final mix – which lasted a week! The song has a strange connection for me to the drum machine, bass guitar and voice combination of ‘Indignant Desert Birds’ – mine and Neils first band when I was 17.

In the back of a London cab driving through the city at night is a very special space for me. It has a particular kind of aloneness. This fascination grew over hundreds of nights leaving the the studio exhausted at 1 am – Ladbroke Grove or St Johns wood, through the city and over the river to South East London in an almost dream state. Retracing that journey, this film became a way of touching the city and the feeling of being both a part of and apart from it.  S.A.Staples

Tindersticks “Hey Lucinda” from new album ‘The Waiting Room’ featuring vocals from the late Lhasa De Sela
Release date: 22nd January 2016

For cinephiles, English band Tindersticks are perhaps best known for the soundtracks they’ve composed for the films of Claire Denis, while music fans have been taken by the group’s distinctive arrangements and intimate emotion. Next year, Tindersticks will release their tenth album, “The Waiting Room”, and it finds them taking another ambitious step.

The upcoming long player will not only feature guest appearances by Jehnny Beth of Savages and the late, beloved singer Lhasa De Sela, it will also find the band collaborating with filmmakers. Each track on The Waiting Room will be accompanied by a music video helmed by such figures as Christoph Girardet, Pierre Vinour, Claire Denis, Gregorio Graziosi,and Gabriel Sanna. And today, we’re excited to unveil “Hey Lucinda,” featuring the vocals of Lhasa De Sela, and directed Rosie Pedlow and Joe King.

The beautiful video finds the camera lingering down a row of shops and storefronts, almost like a contemporary Western, as the late afternoon sky allows the neon signs to really come to life.

“When we first heard ‘Lucinda’, we were struck by the way the instruments were used to help tell the story. The glockenspiel at the start reminded us of those wind-up musical Ballerina boxes that grind to a halt; the lurching rhythms of the backwards strings and steel drums made us feel a bit drunk,” Pedlow and King said. “We decided to use camera movement to echo the toing and froing of the duet, filming from opposite ends of the street in a series of mini tracking shots. Lhasa’s end would be the sleepy chalets; Stuart’s would be amusements. We used a camera slider to repeat the same shot allowing us to layer and cross-fade real time, slow motion and timelapse seamlessly. We wanted to convey not only something about the experiential nature of time but also something about memory and how it fades. We ramped each shot up and down and brought it to a halt just like a ballerina box and used time-lapse to inject a bit of ‘drunkenness’ into the image.”
Watch “Hey Lucinda”  here 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 22nd, 2016.