"Give Us a Kiss" by Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds // Give Us a Kiss 10” b/w Jubilee Street (Out 11.10.14 via Bad Seed LTD)
Over the years, I have find myself drawn more and more to the work of Nick Cave. Which is odd, because I’ve been a fan for as long as I can remember. Perhaps it’s more that as I’ve grown and matured, I’ve continually revisited the man’s work and with each new trip back through the catalog, I find more layers to get lost within. At this stage, I’m as big a fan of Cave’s writing (lyrics, novels, screenplays, all of it) as I am of his musical output. All that being said, it’s always with great excitement that I take in new material. Last year’s haunting Push the Sky Away, continues to find it’s way into my heavy rotation, and now a previously unreleased b-side from those sessions has made it’s way out. Once again, I am completely floored. “Give Us a Kiss” finds Cave and the Bad Seeds working within those same ghostly ballads that populated Push the Sky Away, but it’s by no means a retread. This is pure Cave. The composition is fairly minimal, with hushed strings barely illuminating the soft bass line and eerie electronic flourishes that sound like a ghost zipping by at high speed. Of course, the track is anchored by Cave’s commanding sing/speak vocals and the ghostly imagery in which he tells his story. It’s a stunner. I can’t say enough good things. Highly recommended.