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Boomkat Product Review:
Tindersticks’ Stuart A. Staples supplies his superb 5th work for a Claire Denis film with the OST for ‘High Life’, including a Tindersticks song sung by the film’s lead, Robert Pattinson
For Claire’s first english language film, Staples reflects its noirish pathos and sci-fi thriller themes with a suitably dark, sexy and suggestive suite of “void” drone vignettes created in long studio experiments with his Tindersticks bandmates plus Dave Okomu (The Invisible) and Seb Rochford (Sons of Kemet) a.o. on array of tactile, acoustic and electric instruments, accompanied by vocals from the BBC singers and a string orchestra.
Together they effectively worked “in the darkness”, with players only given minimal or even no direction in the recording process, in order to convey the sensation of moving into the absolute unknown of a black hole. Together they arrive at an open-ended conclusion that’s simultaneously pensive and languorous, static and transitory, alternating the effect of making listeners feel like a speck of fluff in cold expanse of space, pregnant with dread, with shocks of visceral violence in the deathly metal rupture of ‘Rape of Boyse’ and the tremulous beauty of ‘Willow’, a plush downstroke of Tindersticks genius steeped in early Scott Walker vibes.