Nick Cave has spoken out for the first time since the tragic death of his son, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. The 58-year-old Australian musician is also releasing an album and film to convey his “catastrophic” emotional change.
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Nick Cave, who lost his 15-year-old son, Arthur, last year, has presented the trailer to his upcoming documentary film about his life. The documentary is set to be released along with his new album, which is believed to mark a new life for the Australian singer after the tragic loss.
Although Nick Cave has repeatedly denied that his songs have any connection to his personal life, his upcoming album, Skeleton Tree, will most likely be touched by the tragic loss of the singer’s son, who died from a fall in Brighton after consuming a hallucinogenic drug.
There is no doubt Nick Cave’s fans, as well as music critics, will try to use the album to explore the singer’s emotional stress and track emotional changes as Cave has been recovering from the tragic loss. Arthur died in 2015, near where his family, father Nick, mother Susie Bick, and their children live.
— People Magazine (@people) August 3, 2016
The documentary film, titled One More Time with Feeling, that comes along with the album, meanwhile, will be screened for only one night on September 8. The feature film will thus launch the new Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds album.
In the trailer to the highly-anticipated feature film, Nick Cave describes in a voiceover what it’s like having your plans ruined by a devastating incident. The trailer shows Cave at the piano in the recording studio, while his friend and longtime collaborator Warren Ellis plays violin.
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It appears that Nick Cave started working on the album and the documentary in order to make sense of the tragic loss of his 15-year-old son. In the voiceover, Cave says that most people don’t want to change.
“I mean why should we? What we do want is sort of modifications on the original model. But what happens when an event occurs that is so catastrophic that we just change?”
When Nick Cave says that people don’t want to change from the known person to “an unknown person,” does it mean that the Australian singer cannot recognize himself after having suffered the catastrophic loss in his family?
“So that when you look at yourself in the mirror do you recognise the person that you were? That the person inside the skin is a different person?”
One More Time with Feeling, a documentary about Nick Cave’s life, is directed by Andrew Dominik, best known for his work on Chopper. Cave and his collaborator Ellis both served as composers for Dominik’s film The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.
But One More Time with Feeling is not the only new project of Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, according to the Pitch Fork. The two play in the Bad Seeds and Grinderman and have already contributed their music to lots of films together.
— Peter Sciretta (@slashfilm) August 3, 2016
And now Nick Cave and Ellis are preparing for the August 12 release of their latest project, titled Hell or High Water, which was directed by David Mackenzie. The film, starring Jeff Bridges and Chris Pine, features several songs from the two musicians, while Townes Van Zandt, Waylon Jennings, and Chris Stapleton have also contributed a few pieces.
Mackenzie explained why he chose Nick Cave and Ellis to record the score for his film’s soundtrack in a statement, saying that he loves the fact that the two musicians make film music that is “epic and expansive without being grandiose.”
“For me as a filmmaker this hits a sweet spot where the score is able to have scale and emotion but not feel manipulative or overwhelming.”
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