Nick Cave - Idiot Prayer: Nick Cave Alone At Alexandra Palace 2xLP
Label: Bad Seed Ltd
Release Date: November 20th, 2020
Nick Cave's Idiot Prayer livestream concert – featuring the singer performing solo on piano without an audience at London's Alexandra Palace – will be released as a live album. This vinyl version features all 22 songs from the unique June 2020 gig.
"The film Idiot Prayer evolved from my Conversations With… events. 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," Cave said.
"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."
Idiot Prayer — also the name of The Boatman's Call track that made its live debut on the livestream — boasts solo renditions of both Bad Seeds and Grinderman songs from throughout Cave's catalog, as well as a new song titled "Euthanasia" and four performances edited out of the online-only livestream. Ahead of the live LP, Cave also shared the Idiot Prayer rendition of Ghosteen's "Galleon Ship."