Nick Cave has shared the new video of the unreleased track ‘Euthanasia’, featured in the Idiot Prayer – Nick Cave Alone At Alexandra Palace project. The track, written during the Skeleton Tree period, was first heard during the online streaming event in July.
Following the extraordinary response to the online streaming event in July, Cave has also revealed that audiences will have another chance to experience Idiot Prayer – Nick Cave Alone at Alexandra Palace as it screens in cinemas globally via Trafalgar Releasing from 5 November. The cinematic release of this remarkable and compelling film will be followed by an album on 20 November available on vinyl CD and streaming services worldwide.
The performance was recorded at the height of lockdown and saw Cave reflect our own lonely moments by performing for an empty Alexandra Palace. During the show, 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.”
For now though, enjoy the new video.