The ultimate Aussie rocker, Nick Cave, has revealed that his recently livestreamed performance at London’s Alexandra Palace, titled Idiot Prayer – Nick Cave Alone at Alexandra Palace, will now arrive as a live album. To make things extra special, it has also been confirmed that the film will receive a cinematic release too.
The new live album will arrive on 20th November while the cinematic release will come a few weeks earlier on November 5th. The release will please all of his fans as it documents a critical moment of connection, recorded during the lockdown and sees Cave reach out.
The performance was recorded at the height of lockdown and saw Cave reflect our own lonely moments by performing for an empty Alexandra Palace. Here, somehow, he fills the room with some of his most beautiful songs, including tracks from Bad Seeds to Grinderman and even including his most-recent album Ghosteen.
“The film ‘Idiot Prayer’ evolved from my ‘Conversations With…’ events,” reflects Cave in a statement. “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.”
The statement also gave Cave a moment to reflect on lockdown: “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.”
The singer also detailed what the experience of filming was, “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.”
Make sure you pikc up the live album on November 20th and make your way to your nearest cinema to catch Idiot Prayer – Nick Cave Alone at Alexandra Palace on November 5th.