The Tindersticks: The Hungry Saw (Beggars Banquet)

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The Tindersticks: Mother Dear
The Tindersticks: The Hungry Saw (Beggars Banquet)

Tindersticks frontman Stuart A Staples -- whose solo album Lucky Dog Recordings 03-04 is excellent -- has a rich and soulful baritone which someone said recently reminded them of a more louche and brandy-sodden Roland Gift (if you remember Fine Young Cannibals). Maybe.
Bryan Ferry without the over-emoting quaver is a fair call too.
Certainly there is a world weariness in this languid, string embellished music where Staples contemplates love and loss, a gram of speed and a one night stand, and songs carried on the wind.
With mood piece instrumentals (The Organist Entertains is especially dripping in Francophile ennui) this has a thoroughly European feel which belies this bands Nottingham origins.
They have travelled a long way -- this was recorded in France -- but are worth catching up with.
With a glass of port I think.

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