It’s time to dig out the most ornate, velvet, gothic robe you own because tomorrow evening Nick Cave will be premiering his concert film Idiot Prayer: Alone At Alexandra Palace.
The film was shot in June this year at the iconic London venue, it features Nick Cave, performing alone at the piano in what is destined to be a transformative evening.
Idiot Prayer: Alone At Alexandra Palace will see Cave perform a slew of stark, stripped-back renditions of some of his most beloved tracks — plucked from the Bad Seeds and Grinderman discography, and highlighting tracks from his most recent effort, the affecting and haunting, Ghosteen.
The performance will also see Cave debut a brand-new track called ‘Euthanasia’. The musician is yet to specify whether the track is taken from an upcoming release, or is a standalone single. Either way, we’re ready to weep until our eyes burn.
The performance was filmed by award-winning Cinematographer Robbie Ryan (The Favourite, Marriage Story, American Honey) in Alexandra Palace’s lavish West Hall.
In anticipation for the event, Cave has shared a performance of Ghosteen cut, ‘Galleon Ship’, a performance that closes the forthcoming film.
“I loved playing deconstructed versions of my songs at these shows, distilling them to their essential forms – with an emphasis on the delivery of the words,” explains Cave. “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.
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“Then, of course, the world went into lockdown. The Bad Seeds’ global 2020 tour was postponed. Studios shut down. Venues shut down. And the world 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 – and so we started to assemble a small team, including the great cinematographer, Robbie Ryan, sound man, Dom Monks, and editor, Nick Emerson, with the intention to film as soon as it became feasible to get back to business in some way.”
The performance will air on Thursday, July 23rd at three different times:
Australia & Asia: 8pm AEST
UK & Europe: 8pm BST / 9pm CEST
North & South America: 7pm PDT / 10pm EDT
For more information, head here.