- 11 Jul 18
Thoughtful effort from Tindersticks frontman!
Arrhythmia - a skipping or irregular heartbeat - is the perfect word for the skittering beats that weave through Stuart A. Staples' new album. His first solo project since 2006's Leaving Songs is a contemplative affair, imbued with characteristic melancholia.
In his own words, he had "a growing need for each song to take a turn, to lead them into strange places, keeping the feeling or effect of the song, but only as a memory." He has been largely successful, I would say.
On 'Memories Of Love', the gentle cymbals, mournful ooohhhs and milk bottle chimes are spellbinding, while on 'Step Into The Grey', the jerky rhythms accentuate the despairing narration: "However much I hurt you is everything." Elsewhere, 'Music For A Year In Small Paintings' is just that; the track was conceived as an accompaniment to a film of 365 oil paintings created by Suzanne Osborne, and evolved over several years.