In a world of shameless copycats Tindersticks and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds exist as 2 distinct forces despite having vocals that are difficult to differentiate. Tindersticks reputation as dour miserablists is hard to counter yet the achingly beautiful moments that are scattered through their back catalogue make them a worthwhile investment. ‘Marbles’ is one of their early singles, which set Stuart Staples (now a solo artist) as the master storyteller while an unforgettable guitar riff incessantly backs up the eerie organ drifts. There are abundant harmonies and even though the strange emissions attempt to interrupt the clear chord distillation nothing can take from its hypnotic glare. Nottingham has a failing football club (even if fortunes are on the up) yet it can be proud of its diminutive musical heritage that includes Tindersticks and Six By Seven. KD
Tindersticks – Marbles
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