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Watch: Tindersticks - “Hey Lucinda” Video

The Waiting Room Due out January 22 via City Slang

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England’s Tindersticks are releasing their new album, The Waiting Room, on January 22 via City Slang. Now they have shared the video for “Hey Lucinda,” a song that features the guest vocals of the late Lhasa de Sela. Rosie Pedlow and Joe King directed the clip, which is a fairly minimal pulled back shot that slowly pans down a street. You can watch it below.

Tindersticks’ frontman Stuart Staples had this to say about the video and song in a press release: “I started to write this song a long time ago - around 6am, walking the streets of central Cologne - I didn’t realize then that by pushing at the way a duet is structured - making this song more conversational, fluid - that the musical setting it actually asked for was beyond me. 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. As a band we approached the music again, just concentrating on that moment of conversation that we shared, giving it only just what was needed and hopefully catching some of that mischief!

“When approaching the collaboration with Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival, Calmin Borel showed me ‘Sea Change’ by Rosie and Joe, I was moved to find out more. I felt the natural space and sense of place in their work could create a perfect setting for Lucinda - one of the most narrative songs on the album. The resulting film is both bold and delicate—sensitive to that narrative but not overtly descriptive. It plots its own course through the conversation, never imposing, always allowing the song to breathe within.”

Directors Pedlow and King spoke to Indiewire, who premiered the video, and had this to say: “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. 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.”

Previously Tindersticks shared “We Are Dreamers!,” which features guest vocals from Jehnny Beth of Savages and was accompanied by a video directed by Brazilian filmmaker Gabriel Sanna. Each song on the album will have an accompanying film directed by such filmmakers as Christoph Girardet, Pierre Vinour, Claire Denis, Gregorio Graziosi, and Richard Dumas. The album will be released as a limited edition CD/DVD, a LP/DVD, and very limited clear vinyl LP/DVD. Below is the “Hey Lucinda” video, followed by the band’s tour dates

Tindersticks Tour Dates / The Waiting Room Cine-Concert live events:

February 11 - Clermont-Ferrand, FR @ Clermont-Ferrand ISFF
February 13, 14 - Berlin, DE @ Volksbuehne
April 19-21 - Paris, FR @ Le Bouffes du Nord
April 26 - Copenhagen, DK @ Chp Pix
April 29 - London, UK @ The Barbican
April 30 - May 8 - Music Beyond Mainstream, UK tour


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