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Idiot Prayer -Nick Cave Alone at Alexandra Palace sees Nick Cave play his songs at the piano in a rarely seen stripped back form, from early Bad Seeds and Grinderman, right through to the most recent Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds album, Ghosteen.
The film features tracks including Into My Arms, The Mercy Seat, Higgs Boson Blues and Girl In Amber. Recorded in June 2020 and initially imagined as an online-only event, fans will now be able to watch the film in cinemas as an extended cut featuring four unseen performances.
Recorded as the UK slowly emerged from lockdown and conceived as a reaction to the confinement and isolation of the preceding months, Idiot Prayer is a souvenir from a strange and precarious moment in history.
The performance was filmed by award-winning Cinematographer Robbie Ryan (The Favourite, Marriage Story, American Honey) in Alexandra Palace’s stunning West Hall. It was edited by Nick Emerson (Lady Macbeth, Emma, Greta) and the music was recorded by Dom Monks.
“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-wheneverI could find the time.
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.
We worked with the team at Alexandra Palace-avenue I have played and love-on securing a date to film just as soon as they were allowed to re-open the building to us.
On 19th June 2020, surrounded by COVID officers with tape measures and thermometers,masked-up gaffers and camera operators,nervous-looking technicians and buckets of hand gel, we created something very strange and very beautiful that spoke into this uncertain time, but was in no way bowed by it.
This is the album taken from that film. It is a prayer into the void-alone strange and precarious moment in history. I hope you enjoy it.”– Nick Cave