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Boomkat Product Review:
Their eighth album together, Falling Down A Mountain finds Tindersticks newly relocated on 4AD. This is the band's second album since parting company with three of their founding members, but since 2008's The Hungry Saw the remaining bedrock of Stuart Staples, Neil Fraser and David Boulter have recruited additional players, allowing the band to get back to their expansive best, with one or two new ideas floating around in there. A deep, dark percussion build up is at the heart of the title cut, and there's an unforseeably motorik, almost loop-based character to certain stretches of the song, yet it's all recorded in a wonderfully roomy, somehow vintage style that's very much characteristic of the Tindersticks' aesthetic of faded elegance. Additionally, flecks of avant-jazz flow through the piece on waves of wild sax soloing while undercurrents of drone - sounding like wind whistling through the studio space add brooding depth. On the more upbeat, rocking front 'Harmony Around My Table', 'Black Smoke' and the mariachi-styled 'She Rode Me Down' all find the band in good shape, shedding some of their lovable lugubriousness and making a fine big-band noise in the process. When Staples and co. kick back with a ballad they really hit their stride: 'Peanuts' is especially alluring on this front, partly because of a Karen Dalton-esque guest vocal from Canadian chanteuse Mary Margaret O'Hara. The two closing songs are especially successful too: 'Factory Girls' is classic Tindersticks fare, streaming outwards from Staples' heartfelt central performance into something that's eventually altogether more epic. Speaking of epic, the final track, 'Piano Music' launches into a cinematic, orchestrally-enhanced instrumental, all captured within the band's customarily dusty, slightly askew production style. A most welcome return.