Nick Cave joined forces with his longtime collaborator Warren Ellis for a new collaboration album. Titled Carnage, the album is available in digital form as of February 25th, while the CD and vinyl edition is coming on May 28th.
According to the press release, Cave wrote the lyrics for all eight tracks while both he and Ellis composed the music. The duo recorded the album during the coronavirus lockdown in Soundtree studio in London and did almost all instrumentation.
“Carnage is a brutal but very beautiful record embedded in a communal catastrophe,” said Cave of the project.
Ellis added that making Carnage was an “accelerated process,” with all songs being conceived “within the first two-and-a-half days.”
You can listen to Carnage on almost all streaming platforms, including Spotify, YouTube, and Apple Music.
Nick Cave and Warren Ellis started working in the early 1990s, when Ellis was invited to participate in recordings for The Bad Seed’s album Let Love In. He then joined the band on a full-time basis while becoming Cave’s partner on various other projects.
Ellis is also part of Cave’s second band Grinderman and the duo worked on a number of soundtracks for theater and cinema. Their work on 2005’s The Proposition earned them several accolades, including the AFI Award for Best Original Music Score.