Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

Dis­tant Sky EP – Live From Copen­hagen

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THE FOUR songs on this EP were recorded at Copen­hagen’s Royal Arena in 2017, and are taken from the Bad Seeds con­cert film of the same name. Both doc­u­ment Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ tran­si­tion to are­nas. When the throb­bing bass vi­bra­tions of Ju­bilee Street ac­cel­er­ate to sta­dium size, the con­ver­sion is com­plete: “I am trans­form­ing…” Nick con­firms: “I am fly­ing/ Look at me now!” Any­one who re­mem­bers Cave’s pre­vi­ous on-stage in­car­na­tion – stalk­ing the au­di­ence like a preda­tory, spiky-haired arach­nid, as likely to eat the first few rows as come among them – will have no cause to doubt him. The ti­tle track pro­vides the EP’s cen­tre­piece, built around art­fully con­structed loops and vi­olin while Cave is joined by Dan­ish so­prano Else Torp. On side two, a nine-minute From Her To Eter­nity and Mercy Seat show­case the band’s bru­tal el­e­gance. JB

Nick Cave among the faith­ful: “I am trans­form­ing…”

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