Tindersticks' soulful lead singer, Stuart A. Staples, strikes out on his own for his first solo appearance in New York City, performing material from his just-released Leaving Songs and Lucky Dog Recordings '03-'04, recorded, partly, in Nashville. Stuart takes Tindersticks' brooding orchestral sound to a more intimate, emotionally revealing place, adding a hint of country to his arrangements. Staples is joined by a stellar, international band of new friends and old, including Tindersticks mates, guitarist Neil Fraser and keyboardist Dave Boulter. Leaving Songs celebrates change in signature Staples' fashion - with poignancy, lyricism, and heat.
"There's a gorgeous hesitation in Stuart Staples' voice - a sad hiccup that puts a crimp in his croon. Think Johnny Mathis meets Leonard Cohen" -NY Daily News
"Staples' quivering baritone conveys a sense of shellshock - one that he applies to both the darkness and the dawn, the ghosts of lovers yet to come" -Variety