Friday, October 14, 2022

 Tindersticks Release Original Soundtrack to 

Claire Denis’ New Film Stars at Noon 
Out Today via City Slang

Watch The Official Music Video for
“Stars At Noon”
Starring Margaret Qualley and Joe Alwyn
Photo Credit: Richard Dumas
October 14, 2022: Today, the acclaimed English group Tindersticks released the original soundtrack to Claire Denis’ new film Stars at Noon via City Slang in conjunction with the film’s US release via A24. Last week, Tindersticks released the soundtrack’s ravishing title track “Stars at Noon” along with an official video pulling directly from the film and starring Margaret Qualley (Maid, Once Upon a Time in... Hollywood) and Joe Alwyn (Conversations with Friends). 

“There was a real natural flow of the image and music growing together for this film.
After working under Covid rules for 'Both Sides of the Blade,’ it was a joy to be back in the studio, great musicians coming and going, a spirit of experimentation and adventure,” explains Tindersticks’ frontman Stuart Staples. “Our rhythm section Dan Mckinna and Earl Harvin are storming in this score. Respect to percussionist David Pattman and organist Ross Stanley for their contributions. The first time that David has played with us since the score for 'Trouble Every Day' in 2001! Julian Seigel played some beautiful sax, Shanti Jayasinha the trumpet. David Okumu brought the mysterious colours only he can. The freedom in this music felt like such an antidote to the confinement of the previous years and no great need for much conversation with Claire, just an easy flow - always a good sign!”
Stars at Noon is a romantic thriller directed by Claire Denis, based on the 1986 novel The Stars at Noon by Denis Johnson, starring Margaret Qualley, Joe Alwyn, Danny Ramirez, Benny Safdie, and John C. Reilly. The film was selected to compete for the Palme d'Or at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Grand Prix.
Since her 1996 feature Nénette and Boni, Denis (High Life starring Robert Pattinson, Beau Travail) has worked in some capacity with Stuart Staples of Tindersticks on the distinctive music in her films, through conventional scoring or bespoke numbers written for specific scenes. These include the ominous title track for the horror-thriller Trouble Every Day (2001) and the mournful “Put Your Love in Me” for the neo-noir Bastards (2013).
For Stars at Noon, Denis sent Staples the screenplay, followed by the Denis Johnson novel. “Stuart’s first reaction to the material is always important to me,” explains Denis. “As a musician, and the artist he is, he gives me advance knowledge about the story, like he’s one step ahead of me at all times.” Staples wrote the song “Stars at Noon” on holiday and sent it to Denis via email while she was in pre-production on the movie. Denis remarks, “He boosts my confidence when he sends music, opening up new and wider landscapes to consider in movies.”
Earlier this year, Tindersticks released Past Imperfect - The Best of Tindersticks ’92 - ’21, a collection of works from their 30+ years as a band along with one new song “Both Sides of The Blade'' that was written for Claire Denis’ film Avec amour et acharnament that was released earlier this summer. The Stars at Noon original motion picture soundtrack is their first collection of new material following 2020’s Distractions
Tour Dates:
10/15 - La Roche sur Yon, France @ Quai M
10/16 - Bordeaux, France @ Théâtre Femina
10/17 - St Malo, France @ La Nouvelle Vague
10/18 - Antwerpen, Belgium @ De Roma
10/20 - Rotterdam, Netherlands @ De Doelen
10.21 - Groningen, Netherlands @ Stadsschouwburg
10/30 - Athens, Greece @ Trianti Hall – Megaron
10/31 - Athens, Greece @ Trianti Hall – Megaron
10/01 - Thessaloniki, Greece @ Friends of Music Hall
01/06 - Logrono, Spain @ ACTUAL FESTIVAL (Auditorio de Logrono)
Stars at Noon tracklist:
1) Introduction
2) Opening
3) Taxi Across Town
4) Hotel Bar
5) Dawn Walk Home
6) Los Periquitos
7) The Mercado
8) Motel Rain
9) The Costa Rican 
10) Stars at Noon
11) Blood Hands
12) Burning Car
13) The Consultant
14) Blood Hands (version)
15) Apache
16) The Bridge
17) The Crossing
18) The Costa Rican (reprise)
19) Stars at Noon (instrumental)
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