Talking to Interview Magazine about his just lately launched on-line retailer Cave Things, which options handwritten lyric sheets, prints that Cave himself has designed and extra, Cave specified by nice element the way in which by which he writes lyrics from begin to end.
“My technique of lyric writing is as follows,” he mentioned. “For months, I write down concepts in a pocket book with a Bic medium ballpoint pen in black. Sooner or later, the songs start to disclose themselves, to take some type of kind, which is after I sort the brand new lyrics into my laptop computer.
“Right here, I start the lengthy technique of engaged on the phrases, including verses, taking them away, and refining the language, till the tune arrives at its vacation spot.
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He continued: “At this stage, I take one of many yellowing again pages I’ve reduce from outdated second-hand books, and, on my Olympia typewriter, sort out the lyrics. I then glue it into my bespoke pocket book, quantity it, date-stamp it, and sticker it. The tune is then ‘formally’ accomplished.
Cave went on to disclose that, in 2019, he misplaced his “beloved ‘Ghosteen’ pocket book with all of the scribblings and typed lyrics in it,” explaining: “I don’t know what occurred to it. It was very distressing for me on the time.
“A couple of months in the past, in lockdown, I sat and retyped all of the lyrics, date-stamped, stickered, and numbered them, in an try to reclaim them. This course of reconnected me to the phrases that I had misplaced.”
Earlier this month, Nick Cave indicated that he was about to start work on his next album following the announcement that his 2021 tour is cancelled.
The discharge of 2019’s ‘Ghosteen’ was adopted final month by a live album and film called ‘Idiot Prayer’, filmed and streamed from London’s Alexandra Palace earlier this summer time.
Reviewing the livestreamed gig, NME wrote: “With out crowds, chatter and the mess of hundreds of human our bodies all bumping up in opposition to one another, it’s potential to focus purely on Cave’s devastating lyricism: faith, demise and romance all getting their probability to shine within the golden and purple lights that softly illuminate the room.”