Published Sep 03, 2020Nick Cave is making headlines for better reasons by announcing a new live album and concert film today.
Called Idiot Prayer: Nick Cave Alone at Alexandra Palace, the album features a full performance that Cave did solo on the piano for a ticketed digital audience earlier this year.
The album features material from throughout his career, including music from the Bad Seeds, Grinderman and his recent Ghosteen LP. The concert film was shot by Robbie Ryan, with the audio captured by Dom Monks.
Cave shared the following statement about the release:
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.
Idiots Prayer arrives in select cinemas on November 5, then as an album on November 20.
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