Nick Cave: Sentenced to mourn dead sons

Nick’s Cave Gothic melodrama for rock and roll for a long time. The Australian has spent more than forty years finding inspiration in the eerie and dark and death trail, first at the head of the ‘art-punk’ band The Birthday Party and later with the extraordinary band The Bad Seeds. .Among the living. In the years following the death of her young son Arthur in 2015, yes, dueling ceased to be her muse. an enemy to fleeand this flight is fully pictured in his delightful album ‘Ghosten’ (2019). And until yesterday, the healing process seemed to be on track; His album ‘Carnage’, released last year as a duet with multi-instrumentalist Warren Ellis, who has been a member of The Bad Seeds since 1994, made this clear. spread an air of optimism and a message in favor of collective unity facing an uncertain and dark present.

Yes, that was until Monday, yes, until Cave himself announced the death of another son, Jethro, at the age of 31. The exact circumstances of his death are unknown – the young man was schizophrenic and had just been jailed for several weeks for physically assaulting his mother – and it is unknown whether the tragedy will affect the musician’s next series of concerts planned in Europe. the second is at the Primavera Sound festival in Barcelona on 4 June. In the midst of this uncertainty, will take place in cinemas in many cities of the world this Wednesday -Dozens of Spanish theaters among them- The premiere of the documentary ‘It’s True I Knew’ that day alone, in which Cave and Ellis explore their creative relationship and sing both ‘Ghosten’ and ‘Carnage’.

The movie is a product of the pandemic. Unable to tour and therefore not be able to communicate directly with the public, the two musicians decided to do so via the screen, and it makes sense for them to call Australian filmmaker Andrew Dominik. After all, he was already directing the devastating documentary ‘What I So Knew Was to Be True’ a diptych called ‘Once Again With Emotion’ (2016). Originally intended as a chronicle of the recording of The Bad Seeds’ album ‘Skeleton Tree’ (2016), but due to Arthur’s death sharp reflection on pain, pure and unbearable. The contrast between the two films is evident. “The first one showed a devastated Nick, and in that we see him fully recovered,” Dominik explains. “He is a man endowed with vital wisdom by tragedy. He still suffers but no longer suffers. And I found it very interesting to document this special case.”

The transformation is evident many times during the documentary. Its first sequence takes us to the workshop where Cave works on a series of sculptures depicting Satan’s life, which he says helps “add order and meaning to life” in the film; in another, we learn about his work as head of the ‘Red Hand Files’ website, where he communicates directly with his fans. “It brings out the best in my nature,” he says of the project. Not surprisingly, many of those who write to you do so to seek advice about their loss.Of course, the change in mood is also reflected in how Cave and Ellis perform the songs and how Dominik’s camera captures these performances. In contrast to the melancholy intimacy that pervades the musical moments of ‘Once More Time With Feeling’, ‘This Much I Know To Be True’ evokes a grand concert. A camera that circles the musicians on stage, often in circular motions, It is located on an imposing ship and is surrounded by lighting towers that act like living creatures that respond to every sound hit. Driven by this landscape and lyrics filled with existential intensity, the music manages to convey a cathartic momentum.

Throughout all these scenes, we say ‘I Know It’s So True’, introducing us to the creative symbiosis between the two great artists: Cave, a weathered dandy who exudes serenity and rogue grace during his performance; Ellis, the mythological-looking instrumentation wizard who appears to be in a trance on stage. As a couple or with the rest of The Bad Seeds and unlike other musicians whose careers span decades, they kept their voices constantly evolving. “A lot of terrible things happen when Warren and I get together in a room, but there are also moments when transcendence arises,” Cave says in the documentary about this alliance.

Given that Cave’s music exudes an almost cinematographic capacity for evocation, it’s not surprising that the number of documentaries focusing on his figure in the last decade is not surprising – among them ‘20,000 days on Earth’ (2014) is worth highlighting – nor the soundtracks he has composed with Ellis to date for countless films. . Among others, the duo composed the soundtracks for two of Dominik’s films: the great western ‘The Assassination of Jesse James by the Cowardly Robert Ford’ (2007) and Marilyn Monroe biography ‘Blonde’, which will be released in the coming months. In any case, the producer’s relationship with Cave transcends the professional. Speaking in Berlin last February, Dominik said, “I’ve known him since I started dating his ex-girlfriend Diana in the 1980s. Nick is such a beautiful person and I’m glad he’s been able to get through this situation he has.” Movie festival. , back with Cave long before the tragedy. “He realized that when our lives reached a certain point, it actually turned into a series of losses, and it was the understanding that gave him a certain peace of mind.” Undoubtedly, he will take refuge in it at this time.

Source: Informacion


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