stream Nick Cave’s new album ‘Ghosteen’
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds' highly anticipated new double album Ghosteen gets officially released on digital platforms and streaming services at midnight, but you'll be able to hear it earlier -- it's premiering on YouTube today (10/3) at 5 PM Eastern, and there appears to be an accompanying film too. Tune in right here at 5 to listen/watch.
Ghosteen gets its CD/vinyl release on November 8.
UPDATE (5:04 PM ET): The stream has officially started! The film portion is a lyric video for each song.
UPDATE 2 (6:15 PM ET): The stream ended, and the album is officially out now on streaming services. Listen via Spotify and Apple Music below.
It's a very atmospheric album, with a backdrop fueled by ambient textures, piano, strings, wordless harmonies, and hardly any percussion, and Nick takes the lead with a commanding, poetic, often stream-of-consciousness storytelling style that keeps you at the edge of your seat even during the most minimal parts. Though it's technically a double album, it's only about an hour long and feels even shorter. There's a lot to unpack here, but it's clearly very powerful stuff. If you haven't listened yet, do so below.
You can also read our song review of album closer "Hollywood."
1 Spinning Song 4:44
2 Bright Horses 4:53
3 Waiting for You 3:55
4 Night Raid 5:08
5 Sun Forest 6:48
6 Galleon Ship 4:15
7 Ghosteen Speaks 4:03
8 Leviathan 4:48
1 Ghosteen 12:11
2 Fireflies 3:23
3 Hollywood 14:13
The album was recorded in 2018 and early 2019 at Woodshed in Malibu, Nightbird in Los Angeles, Retreat in Brighton and Candybomber in Berlin. It was mixed by Nick Cave, Warren Ellis, Lance Powell and Andrew Dominik at Conway in Los Angeles.
Nick Cave – vocals, piano, synthesizer, backing vocal
Warren Ellis – synthesizer, loops, flute, violin, piano, backing vocals
Thomas Wydler – drums
Martyn Casey – bass
Jim Sclavunos – vibraphone, percussion
George Vjestica – guitar
Film by: Hingston Studio
Directed by: Tom Hingston
Animation and Visual FX by: Yusuke Murakami, Markus Lehtonen, Aislinn Clifford, Amanda Tooke and Tiago Higgs