- 14 Apr 21
Grief features a spoken word piece called “Letter to Cynthia” and a song titled “Song for Cynthia”.
US singer-songwriters Nick Cave and Warren Ellis have announced their new 7" collaborative release Grief, based on a letter sent to Cave’s Red Hand Files fan website.
Following the release of their new album Carnage, Cave and Ellis have shared two songs from the new vinyl; ‘Letter To Cynthia’ and ‘Song For Cynthia’.
The former was written by Cave with music by Ellis, and the latter was composed and recorded as a duo.
“I have experienced the death of my father, my sister, and my first love in the past few years and feel that I have some communication with them, mostly through dreams,” a fan wrote to Cave in October 2018. “They are helping me.”
Referring to the death of Cave’s teenage son in 2015, the fan added: “Are you and Susie feeling that your son Arthur is with you and communicating in some way?”
"The marvellous record they’ve produced here finds Cave still in a reflective place, but the arm-waving, kneel-before-Zod, old-testament-bruiser is in there, kicking at the box in which he's been confined, anxious to slouch again towards Bethlehem," Hot Press' Pat Carty wrote in his review of Nick Cave's 18th studio album, Carnage.
Currently, the single is not available digitally. Order a copy of Grief here.
It was recently announced that Cave would voice the forest in Dream, an online theatre production based on A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Ellis and Marianne Faithfull are set to release their new collaborative album called She Walks in Beauty on April 30th.