Nick Cave and Nicholas Lens - L.I.T.A.N.I.E.S 45RPM Vinyl 2LP
Nick Cave and Nicholas Lens L.I.T.A.N.I.E.S 45RPM Vinyl 2LP
Australian Singer/Songwriter Nick Cave and Belgian Composer Nicholas Lens Collaborate on New Lockdown Chamber Opera featuring 11-Piece Instrumental Group!
Renowned Bad Seeds frontman Nick Cave and Belgian composer Nicholas Lens collaborate on the "chamber opera" L.I.T.A.N.I.E.S. There are several things that Belgian composer and the Australian singer/songwriter have in common, but chief among them is that neither likes to waste time.
Very early into the COVID-19 pandemic, both realized that their respective schedules for 2020 were likely to be heavily disrupted. Lens was dismayed to see performances of his operas cancelled right through to the following year, likewise Cave saw an extensive tour of North America and Europe for his band The Bad Seeds put on ice until 2021.
Lens says: "The initial idea for L.I.T.A.N.I.E.S was born in the natural silence that rises from the rainy and vivid green forest that surrounds these 13th-century temples. And because my memory works in musical phrases, writing L.I.T.A.N.I.E.S has become my method of remembering the peace I found while visiting Japan as well." Needing a librettist to author words for his music, he contacted Cave. The pair had already worked together on the 2014 opera Shell Shock, about the horrors of war. Lens recalls: "I wanted to work with someone who was fresh to the field of opera; someone who was most believable and authentic in the way they would use words. Nick was obviously that person."
The recording was very much a DIY affair and the "modest" chamber ensemble involved was mainly composed of people who simply happened to be around Lens during lockdown. Among the 11 piece instrumental group who recorded L.I.T.A.N.I.E.S was his artist daughter Clara-Lane, who had found herself trapped in Brussels due to the travel ban. Under normal circumstances she has no interest in recording music, but here she found herself playing keyboards, helping out with production and even singing on some of the tracks.
Nick Cave and Nicholas Lens L.I.T.A.N.I.E.S Track Listing:
1. Litany of Divine Absence
2. Litany of The First Encounter
3. Litany of Blooming
4. Litany of The Sleeping Dream
5. Litany of The Yearning
6. Litany of Fragmentation
7. Litany of The Forsaken
8. Litany of Gathering Up
9. Litany of Transformation
10. Litany of Godly Love
11. Litany of The Unnamed
12. Litany of Divine Presence
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