His fans knew first. Shortly before Christmas, the Australian singer ended one statement with the terse statement that it was time to go into the studio and record a new album. Without further comment, the 63-year-old said goodbye to a short break and so excited his fans. A few weeks later, the next appetizer followed. The record is called Carnage and is brutal and beautiful at the same time. It was recorded with his musical partner Warren Ellis and already finished.
That fueled speculation even more. What was this strange suggestion supposed to mean? Is it a further collaboration between the experienced soundtrack composers? Should Carnage even be the third Grinderman album announced a year earlier, or another work together with his band The Bad Seeds? The resolution shouldn’t belong in coming. On February 26, Nick Cave publicly announced Carnage. That is the first time a duo album with Warren Ellis, who will release another duo album with Marianne Faithfull in March. The Bad Seeds take a break, and Cave dares another courageous step in his seemingly never-ending musical universe.
After all, Carnage is his third release in just three months. Idiot Prayer hit the market in November. It was the album that went with the Lockdown concert in summer 2020. At that time, Cave performed all alone in London’s Alexandra Palace and streamed the show worldwide. Less later, his collaboration with the classical composer Nicolas Lens came on the market. The Australian wrote the lyrics for the twelve chamber music pieces on L.I.T.A.N.I.E.S. and dared to venture into the world of classical music for the second time. Now, for the first time, he releases a duo album with his longtime musical companion. The two are the musical leaders of the Bad Seeds and highly successful as soundtrack composers.
Written In Less Than Three Days
You can feel this influence on Carnage as well as the previous works Ghosteen and Skeleton Tree. The two protagonists were assisted in the recording by drummer Thomas Wydler, a small choir and a few strings. Musically, Carnage also means a little turning away from the musical path of the last three albums. Nick Cave is vocally stronger than it has been in a long time and suggests echoes of his excursion to classical music as well as earlier works. According to his statement, the songs fell from heaven at the beginning of the lockdown. He wrote them in less than three days. The recordings lasted a few weeks.