Stripping away all embellishments, their 13th lp is a starkly beautiful work of thoughtful melancholia, and it’s a big swipe right from us.
Just before the end of the year 2020, a mere 12 months, after the release of their celebrated record “No Treasure But Hope”, Tindersticks surprised everyone with mentioning a new album to be released in 2021. Stuart Staples was already nurturing seeds for a different kind of Tindersticks album before lockdown halted their tour in early 2020, singer. If 2019’s “No Treasure but Hope” saw the band rediscovering themselves as a unit, the follow-up reconfigures that unit so that everything familiar about Tindersticks sounds fresh again. “Distractions” is an album of subtle realignments and connections from a restless, intuitive band: rich in texture and atmosphere, it lives between its open spaces and details, always finding new ways to connect with a song. If it’s an album that resists easy summation, at least one thing is clear: though it isn’t untouched by the lockdown, “Distractions” is not ‘a lockdown album’. As Staples says, “I think the confinement provided an opportunity for something that was already happening. It is definitely a part of the album, but not a reaction to it.” “The Midlands’ perpetually disappointed romantics go minimalist […] Gone is the lush orchestrally infused backing of brass, strings and such” 4/5 – the arts desk.
- Man alone (can’t stop the fadin’)
- I imagine you
- A man needs a maid
- Lady with the braid
- You’ll have to scream louder
- The bough bends