Tindersticks have released a new video for their track Man Alone (Can’t Stop the Fadin’), taken from their forthcoming album ‘Distractions’, out via City Slang on February 19th. It’s the opening track of the record and the longest track the band have ever made.
Stuart A. Staples from the band comments on the track saying: “This song was always a journey but I wasn’t expecting it to be such a long one. We made a 6 minute version but it felt like it pulled off and stopped half way to its destination. This was the beginning of a long journey in itself, to find the route needed to complete it – probably the biggest challenge a song or piece of music has given us. It was delicate and slippery right up to the final mix, which lasted a week! For me the song has a strange connection to the drum machine, bass guitar and voice combination of ‘Indignant Desert Birds’ – mine and Neils first band when I was 17. It was important to me that the words of the song were not a coherent narrative, but passing thoughts along the way.”
It’s this rumbling, grey, dark pop track, the hushed vocals dribbling over this quietly ominous backing, falling over eachother and wrapping themselves around the best making it this hypnotic, snaking soundscape.
Speaking about the accompanying video Staples continues: “In the back of a London cab driving through the city at night is a very special space for me. It has a particular kind of aloneness. This fascination grew over hundreds of nights leaving the the studio exhausted at 1am – Ladbroke Grove or St Johns Wood, through the city and over the river to South East London in an almost dream state. Retracing that journey, this film became a way of touching the city and the feeling of being both a part of and apart from it.”
Check it out, here