Boomkat Product Review:
Probably the nearest thing we'll ever get to a new Tindersticks record, 'That Leaving Feeling' sees ex-frontman Stuart A. Staples drafting in former collaborator Lhasa De Sela for a gorgeous 7" that more than lives upto the foundations set by last year's 'Lucky Dog'. Opening with a melody lifted straight from Louis Armstrong, 'That Leaving Feeling' shuffles forth on a hushed set of acoustic loveliness that is soft-centered without crumbling under it's niceness - atop of which the Debussy-dipped piano and Staples' husky larynx are exposed in all their glory. Wrought from the same sessions which gave birth to 'Lucky Dog', the similarities with that record are plain to see throughout; combining a melancholic disposition with sugar-coated compositions that are balanced to perfection. Liberally bathed in strings, the second half of 'That Leaving Feeling' comes across like some long-lost Anglo-cut from Ol' Dirty Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin - with the vocal interplay utterly beguiling as Staples wearily intones "the past is so heavy, but it's something I can't leave and this future's just so sudden it's putting me on my knees" to which De Sela blithely replies "is that your heart talking, or just that befuddled mind..?" Climaxing in an orgy of horns and orchestration, 'That Leaving Feeling' couldn't bode better for forthcoming album 'Leaving Songs', and when taken in conjunction with the jaunty swagger of b-side 'There Is A Path' you've got yourself a prime seven inches of vinyl.