Nick Cave

Seven Psalms




Four decades after emerging as the seething frontman of the Birthday Party, Nick Cave has lately been making some of the most challenging and rewarding music of his long career. His recent albums, both with the Bad Seeds and as a duo with his right-hand Seed Warren Ellis, unfold in long contemplative stretches, slashed through occasionally with Cave’s old menace. The song forms have become progressively more open-ended; the narratives more diffuse and dreamlike; the instrumental arrangements softer and blurrier; the subject matter more openly preoccupied with questions of love and death. With each successive release, Cave’s work grows more distant from rock’n’roll and closer to religious music. The religion, admittedly, is an idiosyncratic one, whose high priest may also be its sole practitioner—a songwriter-mystic for whom sex, monsters, and bloodshed are as important as everlasting grace.
ltd. 10″ Vinyl

In contrast to the grand statements that Cave has produced in this vein, Seven Psalms is a self-consciously minor work. It consists of seven spoken-word pieces of one to two minutes each, with vaporous musical accompaniment from Cave and Ellis, and ends with one longer instrumental that is essentially a medley of the previous backing tracks, incorporating elements from each. The format and release strategy also encourage listeners to think of it as something other than the new Nick Cave album: a limited-edition 10” EP sold via Cave Things, a webstore that Cave has set up to sell art prints, Polaroid photos, T-shirts, and the like—what he calls the “incidental residue” of his creative practice. If he were a visual artist primarily, you might imagine these seven pieces hanging in a small and rushed-through anteroom to an exhibition of this distinct period in his work, included as interesting but inessential context for masterworks like 2021’s Carnage and 2016’s Skeleton Tree.

Label: Cave Things
Genre: Folk, World, & Country, Non-Music
Stil: Spoken Word
Artist: Nick Cave
Land: Europe, USA & Europe
Jahr: 2022
Format: 1x Vinyl
Schlagworte: 10", 33 ? RPM, 33 ⅓ RPM, EP, Limited Edition


Pos. Track Dauer
A1 How Long Have I Waited?
A2 Have Mercy On Me
A3 I Have Trembled My Way Deep
A4 I Have Wandered All My Unending Days
A5 Splendour, Glorious Splendour
A6 Such Things Should Never Happen
A7 I Come Alone And To You
B1 Psalm Instrumental