Music: Nick Cave opens his cellar to rarities

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(AFP) – Nick Cave, archangel of a twilight rock, always as intense on record and on stage, extracts rare or unpublished pieces from his treasure chest, after an autumn theatrical tour and before a return to summer festivals.

This is the second time that the Australian has undertaken such an exploration of the work he has forged with his Bad Seeds, his group for years 27. “B-Sides & Rarities Part II” (“Face B et rarities, vol. II”) is out this Friday, 15 years after the first harvest of its kind.

“I always liked (the first) + B-Sides & Rarities +, more than our other albums. It is the only one that I listen willingly. There is something in the modesty of these songs closer to their original spirit “, explains in the notes of intention the artist, who no longer speaks in the press since the accidental death in 2015 of Arthur, his son of 15 years.

“B-Sides & Rarities Part II” continues, according to this sixty-year-old always svelte, “this strange and beautiful collection of lost songs from the Bad Seeds”, with 26 unearthed nuggets over the period 2005 to 2020.

In 2002, the first batch of rarities came from the archives 1988 – 2002 raked by Mick Harvey, childhood friend and musician who accompanied Cave for a long time within The Birthday Party or the Bad Seeds. Volume II was this time compiled by Cave and Warren Ellis, proof of the central position that the second now occupies in the universe of the first.

– “Sense of risk” –

Last week, the two friends also gave under their two names two shows at Pleyel in Paris, as part of a European tour, accompanied by three singers and another musician.

Warren Ellis “has become the discreet and reassuring force on which Nick Cave relies and which he uses to move forward”, writes Christophe Deniau in “Nick Cave the uneasy” (The Astral Beaver).

This Australian with the beard of a hermit was part of a formation, the Dirty Three, which impressed Cave with his “freedom”, his “spontaneity “and his” sense of risk “, as Christophe Deniau tells us. Ellis first appears as a simple violinist on Cave songs in the years 1988. Then, the one who becomes a multi-instrumentalist of genius (he co-signed the album of poems set to music by Marianne Faithfull released this year) goes on stage at this time with the Bad Seeds.

In the years 1990, Cave and Ellis together compose film soundtracks and discover through this bias that leaving “breaths” in their music allows them “to expand their production”, further dissects the author of “L’intranquille”.

La Switching takes place on the album “Push The Sky Away” (2006) when Ellis co-signs the tracks with Cave, honor that n hadn’t Mick Harvey at the Bad Seeds. After the loss of his son, Cave got closer to Ellis to invent “his own way of telling the inexplicable”, as Christophe Deniau sums it up.

– “Growing aura” –

Cave thus tried to mourn with the opus “Skeleton Tree” (2016) and “Ghosteen” ( 2019). And when he wanted to express himself in the face of confinements and the health crisis, it was quite naturally with Ellis that he joined forces for “Carnage”, signed under their two names (2021). These three albums have also made up the corpus of concerts given recently in Paris, a city that Ellis knows well since he now resides in the Paris region.

To come back to these records , “B-Sides & Rarities Part II” also allows you to hear for the first time “Earthlings”, from the sessions of “Ghosteen”, a jewel of sepulchral beauty.

For those who couldn’t see them in theaters this fall, Cave and Ellis will return with the Bad Seeds for a tour of the summer stages, from Primavera Sound to Barcelona on June 4th 2002 in Rock en Seine in the Paris region on 22 August 2022. “It’s a great satisfaction, the more time passes the more Nick Cave has a growing aura,” said AFP Matthieu Ducos director of Rock en Seine.

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