Constellation Records just released a 5 disc box set of Tindersticks movie scores. Fans of the band will know the soundtracks for Nenette et Boni and Trouble Every Day which were released years ago. Those are included here, along with four other soundtracks (on 3 discs). The entire set includes Nenette et Boni (1996) White Material (2009), 35 rhum (2008), Trouble Every Day (2001) and two solo soundtracks: Stuart Staples’ score for L’intrus (2004) and Dickon Hinchliffe’s score for Vendredi Soir (2002).
As with most Constellation releases, this one is packaged beautifully. The box is lovely with an opening for the top cover to show though. Each disc gets a cardboard sleeve with a cool still from the film. And the booklet that accompanies the set is bilingual with lots and lots of still from the films and a cool interview with Denis and members of the band.
I have never seen any of Denis’ films. So I was confused that some of these scores were only half an hour. I thought maybe they were short films. But indeed they are not. 35 Shots of Rum is 100 minutes for instance, even if the soundtrack is a third of that.
I’m going to review each score shortly, but since I’ve already discussed Nenette et Boni and Trouble Every Day, I’ll just put links to them. In the meantime, the scores are really beautiful and moving. Tindersticks are a very cinematic band to begin with, so it’s no surprise that they would make good soundtracks.
And the booklet is really interesting, showing how the band was introudced to Denis in the first place. She loved the music of ‘My Sister’ and asked if she could use it for a film. They said, well, maybe we can make a soundtrack for you instead. And they began working together. The combination proved so successful that they have scored virtually all of her movies since. I really must get around to watching them some day.
In the meantime, I can just imagine what they are like from the music.
Here’s the opening credits for Trouble Every Day
[READ: June 24, 2011] Five Dials: Your Valentine’s Day Card
This Five Dials special issue doesn’t appear on the Five Dials home page. I only found it while reading their news feed. It’s not an issue per se. Indeed, all that this valentine’s card is is one poem from Joe Dunthorne, and a cool cover illustration from Sophia Augusta.
JOE DUNTHORNE-Future Dating
This extended poem is all about dating in the future. The set up is very much like a speed dating session–3 minutes to tell someone all about yourself. But the final lines lend it an air of futurism that is kind of funny. I admit that I don’t enjoy a lot of poetry, but I really liked this one.
Happy Valentine’s Day (in June). See the Card here