TIN­DER­STICKS Ypres Lucky Dog Record­ings

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - CLAYTON-LEA TONY

Never ones to over­state the ob­vi­ous, Tin­der­sticks lat­est piece of work is in­formed by such a sense of loss it’s almost over­bear­ing. Com­mis­sioned, in 2011, by the In Flan­ders Fields World War One mu­seum in Ypres, to write mu­sic for its (then) forth­com­ing per­ma­nent ex­hi­bi­tion com­mem­o­rat­ing the cen­te­nary of the first World War, Stu­art Sta­ples and Dan McKinna went about cre­at­ing a se­ries of sound­scapes that word­lessly evoke the numb­ing sen­sa­tion of grief. The re­sult (Sta­ples has out­lined as evolv­ing pieces of mu­sic that pro­vides the “air” in the var­i­ous mu­seum spa­ces) is a con­tin­u­ously in­ter­lock­ing or­ches­tral score that im­bues the lis­tener with in­tense, con­tem­pla­tive feel­ings of sor­row. Cre­at­ing mu­sic that opens a new chaper in what could well be the most in­ter­est­ing part of Tin­der­sticks’ fit­ful ca­reer. tin­der­sticks.co.uk

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