Details & 2016 concerts for the new THE WAITING ROOM album tour:
Photo from the official website
statement from Stuart A. Staples on the official homepage :
The new album, film project
Hello everyone. Welcome to this next part of our band’s journey.
The new album, ‘The waiting room’, was completed in the summer after a long time of gradual writing and recording. We think it’s pretty strong and a step on (a stride even?) from ‘The something rain’.
I think it’s our first real ‘5 piece’ album. There are some great guest contributions also – Jehnny Beth, Lhasa, Julian Seigel – but it is more or less a balance between the 5 of us.
The song, ‘We are dreamers!’, has been out there a while and ‘Hey Lucinda’ is here below with its great film by British artists Rosie Pedlow and Joe King.
The film is part of ‘The waiting room film project’; collaboration with the Clermont- Ferrand International Short Film Festival, with each song from the album having a short film commissioned specifically for it. The process of working with the festival to identify directors, team them with songs and then carry the conversation through to conclusion has been a long but rewarding one. Myself and Suzanne were even able to explore some of the visual ideas we had for the songs.
It was a great feeling to bring all the works together recently. A dvd of the complete project will be part of the limited edition packages.
Many concerts are being confirmed for the first half of next year. A number of them will be cine concerts with the songs played live to the projected films. The first of these special concerts will be at the Clermont Ferrand International Short Film Festival.
The artwork comes from a Richard Dumas photo session, as well as the cover image there is a 16 page photo booklet in the LP and CD.
As Neil commented recently ‘This album…it’s a bit of a monster’
Update: another PR text from http://www.tindersticks.co.uk/the-waiting-room/ (end of 11/2015)
“Each song on the album will have a specially commissioned film to accompany it with the series produced by La Blogoteque and 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).
update: the film directors:
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.”
see also on the official site: http://www.tindersticks.co.uk/the-waiting-room
“The Waiting Room’ features guest appearances by Jehnny Beth of Savages and a particularly poignant duet with dear lost friend of Stuart Staples, Lhasa De Sela. Its brass arrangements are by the great Julian Siegel and it comes dressed in a sleeve by legendary french photographer Richard Dumas.
Not only an album, an ambitious collaborative film project also – each track is accompanied by a short film, a visual interpretation by it’s own director, featuring Christoph Girardet, Pierre Vinour, Claire Denis, Rosie Pedlow and Joe King, Gregorio Graziosi, Richard Dumas and Gabriel Sanna.
Tracklist for both audio & video
01. Follow Me (instrumental)
02. Second Chance Man
03. Were We Once Lovers?
04. Help Youself
05. Hey Lucinda (feat. Lhasa De Sela)
06. This Fear Of Emptiness (instrumental)
07. How He Entered
08. The Waiting Room
09. Planting Holes (instrumental)
10. We Are Dreamers! (feat. Jehnny Beth)
11. Like Only Lovers Can
Available as a limited clear vinyl+dvd, black vinyl+dvd, limited cd+dvd, and cd. Vinyl includes mp3 download.”
(Download-only) single(s) release schedule:
23.09.2015 We are Dreamers! (buyable now)
10.11.2015 Hey Lucinda (buyable now)
08.01.2016 Were we once Lovers?
some recording details:
also available now from bandcamp http://tindersticks.bandcamp.com/
the 2nd video from La blogotheque:
from Stuart A. Staples on this song:
I started to write this song a long time ago – around 6am, walking the streets of central Cologne – I didn’t realise then that by trying to push at the way a duet is structured – making this song more conversational, fluid – that the musical setting it actually asked for was beyond us. A ten year struggle commenced, it became a joke in the band – ‘Time to try again with Lucinda…’
Along the way I visited my great friend Lhasa de Sela in Montreal and we spent a little time recording a version of ‘Hey Lucinda’. She understood that it was not right for this song to lament, that underneath its ‘sad’ surface, it is full of mischief.
After Lhasa’s death on New Years day 2010 I had to put the song (and her other recordings) away. I have only recently been able to listen to her sing again and Lucinda resurfaced in my consciousness, though this time I was more able to understand what it needed – To be true to the moment we shared singing it together. As a band we approached the music again, giving it only just what was needed but hopefully catching some of that mischief!”
Update 01/2016 – the 3rd Single:
“Tindersticks’ frontman Stuart Staples had this to say about the video and song in a press release: “I have wanted to make a song with a slap bass for some time – it felt dangerous and proved quite a battle to achieve. Resistance even from within our ranks and I would say Dan McKinna was even shy when first playing it – we had to reassure him that he was among friends. The songs structure was also challenging – calling the chords out as we played / recorded. It gives the song an unpredictability that is at odds with the intense momentum that carries it. And that deep lying nervous energy that only a slap bass could bring.
“In the early ’90s Pierre Vinour made an iconic short film called Paris – Marchseille – a time lapse view of the journey through a car window condensed into three minutes ending by driving off the edge of France into the sea. When I saw this film I felt an immediate connection with ‘Were We Once Lovers?’ – the speed of the journey, but I also felt that the song was speeding through the drivers mind. I was pleased that Pierre felt that connection also and he set to work building on this idea. Still, I was still not prepared for the effect the final film had on me. The clenching intensity I felt when making the song was literally doubled. I love it but I can’t wait to be released from it, it holds me in this strange limbo.””
UPDATE 02/2016 – Mr.Donkey is back again.
from the official site:
“tindersticks, new ‘how he entered’ film
‘very excited to announce that our new film for ‘how he entered’ will be available next week.
the conclusion(?) of what was started with Richard Dumas on the photo session for the album cover, the film directed by Richard and Amaury Voslion was story boarded/art directed by stuart and suzanne.
It was shot in and around Langar Hall in Nottinghamshire, UK.
The film will be presented at Foundation Cartier, Paris on the evening of Monday 22nd February.
It will then be available to see on the Lomography website worldwide from Wednesday 24th February at 4p.m. C.E.T. (there is a little interview there too)
we hope you enjoy (it makes Neil cry..)”
“How He entered” Film , direted by Richard Dumas & Amaury Voslion – story boarded/art directed by stuart a. staples & Suzanne Osborne
from the official website:
Update (26-08-2015): Three short bits (from the Marc Riley Airing of Terry & Neil on BBC6 – see here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06644j1 (can be relistened for the next 28 days)
- Album will be released at the end of January 2016
- An Extensive Tour will follow from end of Feb’16 into May’16
- Terry Edwards won’t be playing at the tour due to other projects