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Tindersticks | My Oblivion EP (Beggars Banquet)
Bookending the promotional campaign for this year's comeback to form album - the stunning 'Waiting For The Moon' - comes this heavily-measured three-track night-cap.  The titular cut is, as fans will know, the smouldering centrepiece from the aforementioned album; all swirling doom-sodden strings and tear-choked vocals, it could be best song Scott Walker and Leonard Cohen have yet to write together.  The second song - the only strictly new offering here - Now Its Over (sic) is more of the same stirring stuff, and therefore yet another worthy contender for any future Tindersticks B-sides compilation.  The final inclusion - in all its delicate and dramatic fourteen-minute glory - is an extended instrumental reworking of the already epic Running Wild, the closing track from 'Waiting For The Moon.'  An act of sheer self-indulgence it maybe - with violinist Dickon Hincliffe and pianist David Boulter twisting every last John Barry-like nuance from the original's mournful melody - but it still goes to show that the Tindersticks' grip upon the sweet dark sounds of sorrow is still virtually untouchable, on this side of the Atlantic at the very least.

Adrian Pannett
November-December 2003