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Blesok no. 107May 2016
Sound Reviews

BEFORE YOU CLOSE YOUR EYES: TINDERSTICKS

Translated from Bosnian: Elizabeta Bakovska


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Mehmed Begić

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DREAMERS IN THE WAITING ROOM

    Sometimes I become aware that the music that moves me is gone. That it has been spent and some new time has brought some new media and ways of expression, and that music started to pay the price for that. Or, even worse, that I have spent myself too, that I am older and hungry for a different energy that is still unknown. Or, the worst, that chemistry between the two of us is gone.
      
    And that I hear 'We Are Dreamers!'. Magic at work! Tindersticks are dreamers, I never doubted it, and this song is an anthem. Duos are an old specialty of Tindersticks. First thing that comes to mind is Travelling Light, with Karl Torgeson from Walkabout… or 'A Marriage Made in Heaven' with Isabella Rossellini.
      
    And when it comes to Lhasa De Sela… They first recorded Sometimes it Hurts   with her, and later Stuart invited her to participate in his second solo album, The result is the killing song 'That Leaving Feeling'. One of those that I often forbid myself. Lhasa did not live to see her last cooperation with Tindersticks, just as James Dean did not make it to see his third film. The title of the film was Giant, and the song is 'Hey Lucinda'.
      
     Traveling Light

THE DRIVE

    I never learnt to drive a car. I tried once, but it didn't go. Later it turned out that the mistakes were not entirely mine, because my old Lada Special was not quite OK. But that experience was quite good for me to cross out the driving licence. And I have not wish to drive. Except when I hear Tindersticks.
      
    There is something in their rolling sound, something that used to have even before they were Tindersticks, while they were called Asphalt Ribbons. I don't only think of Stuart Staples's voice. It's something else, the complete magic that they had created, especially on their early albums.
      
    For example, one song from 'Simple Pleasure' album always makes me grab the wheel that is not there. Since I first heard Before You Close YourEyes it makes me feel the same again: I want to sit in the first car and drive, drive, drive. To the distance, to the twilight, not coming back, to what awaits for us after the






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