Boomkat Product Review:
Bumper set collecting Tindersticks' bespoke film scores - a whopping 75 tracks clocking in at over 3 hours.
Ever since a chance meeting in Paris many moons ago, Nottingham's preeminent misanth-romantics Tindersticks have been providing subtly breathtaking instrumental scores for acclaimed French director Claire Denis. Now compiled by Constellation, these six feature-length soundtracks will obviously appeal to committed fans of the band, but really deserve to find a wide audience far beyond that.
Like the films they were made for; 35 Rhums, L’Intrus, Vendredi Soir, Trouble Every Day, White Material and Nenette Et Boni - the band’s, haunting and evocative pieces are all about the accumulation of detail, and build slowly but surely to devastating emotional climaxes. Denis is preoccupied with landscape and the individual's place within it, and Tindersticks respond with treatments that expertly navigate the intimate and the expansive: the default setting is somewhere between smoked-out brush-stroke Jazz, pastoral folk and modern classical, with shades of the most austere 90s Americana and post-rock, with guitar, harmonium and chamber strings prominent throughout.
For us it's the soaring, drum-driven material from Denis's most recent picture, White Material, that hits hardest, but really it's all fantastic stuff, and rewards deep immersion.