Boomkat Product Review:
Comprehensive 5CD box set collecting Tindersticks' film scores for the films of Claire Denis, 1996-2009 - 75 tracks clocking in at over 3 hours of pure low-lit 'artmelters that amount to - in our opinion - some of the most memorable soundtrack work of our time.
Ever since a chance meeting in Paris many moons ago, Nottingham's preeminent misanth-romantics Tindersticks have been providing quietly breathtaking instrumental scores for acclaimed French director Claire Denis. Compiled by Constellation, these six feature-length soundtracks will appeal to committed fans, but really deserve to find a wide audience far beyond as they represent some of the most memorable low-lit soundtrack work of the era.
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 evocative pieces are all about the accumulation of detail, and build slowly to crushing emotional climaxes. Denis is so often preoccupied with landscape and the individual's place within it, and Tindersticks respond with treatments that navigate the intimate and the expansive: 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 crushing stuff, and rewards deep immersion.