Tindersticks Live Review
Somerset House, London 15/07/12
Tindersticks' return to Somerset House for the Summers Series sees a band perfectly suited to their setting, with both the musicians and venue giving a reassuring sense of richness and quality.
Opening with Blood, first released nearly 20 years ago, and moving through their gorgeous cover of Odyssey's If You're Looking For A Way Out and Dick's Slow Song, the six-piece hit a warm, sedate pace that they manage to maintain throughout the night.
Drawing heavily on their latest album The Something Rain, one of 2012's standout releases, tonight showed that the evolution from introspective bedsit balladeers to soul boys which first began with 1999's Simple Pleasure is now complete.
Rather than focussing solely on Stuart Staples' gorgeous baritone the current Tindersticks line up work very much as a flawlessly tight whole, with Terry Edwards' warm, jazzy saxophone and Earl Harvin's outstanding drumming particular highlights.
Despite making music for as long as they have, Tindersticks in 2012 feel fresher and more vital than ever, as they mature like fine wine.
Passionate and peerless, despite their reputation for melancholy they remain one of the most heart-warming acts around.