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” below. 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.