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Pic by Joel Ryan

Nick Cave’s profoundly effective and affecting solo performance from earlier this year will be coming out to have and to hold this November.

These unique reinterpretations received effusive praise from any and all who bore witness. this is so much more than a live album or a live performance – these reinterpretations change the colour, tone and feel of every song in a way that proves that Cave is the finest songwriter of his (or, perhaps, any other) generation. This summer, Nick Cave hosted a ticketed livestream of a solo piano concert in London. That special will now be released as a live album and concert film. Packaged with four unreleased performances, Idiot Prayer: Nick Cave Alone at Alexandra Palace is coming to cinemas around the world on November 5th, and the live album will follow on November 20th. Watch the recording of “Galleon Ship” below.

Idiot Prayer features music from across Cave’s career, including early Bad Seeds, Grinderman, and material from his latest album Ghosteen. The film was shot by cinematographer Robbie Ryan and edited by Nick Emerson; Dom Monks recorded the music. Read Nick Cave’s statement about Idiot Prayer below.

The film Idiot Prayer evolved from my Conversations With… events. I loved playing deconstructed versions of my songs at these shows, distilling them to their essential forms. I felt I was rediscovering the songs all over again, and started to think about going into a studio and recording these reimagined versions at some stage – whenever I could find the time.

Then, the pandemic came—the world went into lockdown, and fell into an eerie, self-reflective silence. It was within this silence that I began to think about the idea of not only recording the songs, but also filming them. We worked with the team at Alexandra Palace—a venue I have played and love—on securing a date to film just as soon as they were allowed to re-open the building to us.

On 19th June 2020, surrounded by Covid officers with tape measures and thermometers, masked-up gaffers and camera operators, nervous looking technicians and buckets of hand gel, we created something very strange and very beautiful that spoke into this uncertain time, but was in no way bowed by it. This is the album taken from that film. It is a prayer into the void—alone at Alexandra Palace—a souvenir from a strange and precarious moment in history. I hope you enjoy it.

An essential album for every Nick Cave fan. we’re already counting down the days…the telegraph ****
Cave’s solo live stream could be the most the beautiful and sombre performance he’s ever given” the guardian ****
Cave’s performance in an empty hall, with just piano and voice, seems to try and ward off the terrifying silence of the covid-19 age” evening standard ****
“gravitas echoes beautifully in the void of an empty Alexandra Palace

“This is the album taken from that film. It is a prayer into the void – alone at Alexandra Palace – a souvenir from a strange and precarious moment in history. I hope you enjoy it.”

After its cinematic release, Idiot Prayer will be released on vinyl, CD and streaming services on November 20th.

Ghosteen album artwork nick cave

A new album from Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds is coming soon, really soon. Entitled “Ghosteen, it’s due out next week. Cave announced the release on his website The Red Hand Files, where he answers fan-submitted questions. In response to a fan who asked about a timetable for the band’s next album, Cave responded, “You can expect a new album next week.”

He went on to reveal that Ghosteen will be a double album consisting of 10 songs. Part one comprises eight songs about “children”. The second part is about “their parents” and consists of “two long songs linked by a spoken word piece.” “Ghosteen is a migrating spirit,” Cave added. The Bad Seeds have been hard at work on the follow-up to their acclaimed 2016 album ‘Skeleton Tree’ for some time now. During an event in Melbourne earlier this year, the frontman gave fans an update on their progress, saying he was “very, very excited about it” and that the band would soon be wrapping up the record.

In 2015, Cave’s 15-year-old son, Arthur, died after falling from a cliff in Brighton, UK. The band’s ensuing album, 2016’s Skeleton Tree, was heavily inspired by Arthur’s death, and it appears the same can be said about Ghosteen.

Cave’s wife, Susie Bick, previously said her husband’s new album were “his Fever Songs.” She explained that the songs stemmed from “an autumn flu” which produced “lucid fever dreams.”For the last year, The Bad Seeds‘ frontman has shunned conventional media interviews and focussed instead on answering questions from fans via his website The Red Hand Files. Responding to all manner of matters concerning the death of his son Arthur, inspiration, morality in rock, the “cultural sea change” facing women and his stance on the cultural boycott against Israel, Cave has been disarmingly open and honest with fans and their questions.

Nick Cave – vocals, piano, synthesizer, backing vocal
Warren Ellis – synthesizer, loops, flute, violin, piano, backing vocals
Thomas Wydler – drums
Martyn Casey – bass
Jim Sclavunos – vibraphone, percussion
George Vjestica – guitar

In related news, Cave just kicked off the latest North American leg of his “Conversations Tour”.