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Tindersticks release new Distractions album

Distractions is the 13th album by the Nottingham band

Before ending the 2020 tour of No Treasure but Hope, Tindersticks already had in mind a new type of album that would allow them to explore new possibilities. Thus Distractions was born, published today by City Slang Records, and distributed in Portugal by Popstock!

Distractions is a renewal album, of which Man Alone is the greatest proof: an eleven-minute hypnotic journey through the streets of London, under the influence of drum machines and mesmerizing basses that merge with the narcotic voice of Stuart Staples uttering the mantras “No, I’m not greedy for the sky no more” and “Can’t stop the fadin”. Man Alone paints a restless band, in search of itself.

Distractions arise in a pandemic context. For that reason, the recording process had its difficulties. “Recording remotely doesn’t work for us” says Staples “but we found a way and in July the album was drafted and mixed in September”. Confinement “is definitely a part of the album, but the album is not a reaction to it (…) it is not a confinement album”.

The album consists of four originals and three covers: A Man Needs a Maid by Neil Young, You’ll Have To Scream Louder by Television Personalities, and Lady With the Braid by Dory Previn, music that Staples discovered in high school on recommendation – apparently unlikely – from an English teacher who knew of his love for the Joy Division.

In 2020, Tindersticks performed in Portugal, in a partnership between Locomotiva Azul and Produtores Associados, passing through Coimbra, Faro, Leiria, Lisbon, and Porto, as part of the tour of the album No Treasure But Hope (2019).

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