Following the release of ‘We are Dreamers!’ featuring Jehnny Beth of Savages, and its accompanying film by Brazilian director Gabriel Sanna, Tindersticks – Stuart Staples, David Boulter, Neil Fraser, Earl Harvin, Dan McKinna – return with ‘Hey Lucinda’, a magnificent and poignant song (recorded 6 years ago) featuring Mexican-American singer-songwriter Lhasa de Sela, who sadly died aged 37 of breast cancer.
English directors Rosie Pedlow and Joe King created its equally stunning accompanying film.
Both ‘We are Dreamers!’ and ‘Hey Lucinda’, are taken from their ambitious album and collaborative film project ‘The Waiting Room’, released on January 22nd via City Slang.
Singer Stuart Staples explain: “I started to write this song a long time ago – around 6am, walking the streets of central Cologne – I didn’t realize then that by pushing at the way a duet is structured – making this song more conversational, fluid – that the musical setting it actually asked for was beyond me. A ten-year struggle commenced, it became a joke in the band – ‘Time to try again with Lucinda…’ Along the way I visited my great friend Lhasa de Sela in Montreal and we spent a little time recording a version of ‘Hey Lucinda.’ She understood that it was not right for this song to lament; that underneath its ‘sad’ surface, it is full of mischief.”“After Lhasa’s death on New Years day 2010 I had to put the song (and her other recordings) away. I have only recently been able to listen to her sing again. As a band we approached the music again, just concentrating on that moment of conversation that we shared, giving it only just what was needed and hopefully catching some of that mischief!
When approaching the collaboration with Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival, Calmin Borel showed me ‘Sea Change’ by Rosie and Joe, I was moved to find out more. I felt the natural space and sense of place in their work could create a perfect setting for Lucinda – one of the most narrative songs on the album.
The resulting film is both bold and delicate — sensitive to that narrative but not overtly descriptive. It plots its own course through the conversation, never imposing, always allowing the song to breath within.”
The Waiting Room Cine-Concert live events:
February 11 – Clermont-Ferrand, FR @ Clermont-Ferrand ISFF
February 13, 14 – Berlin, DE @ Volksbuehne
April 19-21 – Paris, FR @ Le Bouffes du Nord
April 26 – Copenhagen, DK @ Chp Pix
April 29 – London, UK @ The Barbican
30 April – Coventry, UK @ Warwick Arts Centre*
01 May – Liverpool, UK @ Liverpool Phil*
02 May – Manchester, UK @ Bridgewater Hall*
03 May – Edinburgh, UK @ Usher Hall*
04 May – Gateshead, UK @ The Sage*
06 May – Cambridge, UK @ Corn Exchange*
07 May – Bristol, UK @ Colston Hall*
*Music Beyond Mainstream tour