Nick Cave duets with writer Larry ‘Ratso’ Sloman on the new track Our Lady of Light.
The song is the first single from Sloman’s debut album Stubborn Heart, slated for release on 5 April by Lucky Number. It’ll also feature the artist’s version of Bob Dylan’s Sad Eyed Lady of The Lowlands.
Sloman is best known for his collaboration with radio personality Howard Stern on the books Private Parts and Miss America.
Recently, Cave confirmed that the next Bad Seeds album is almost complete. At a talk in Melbourne, he said, “We’ve really nearly finished a new record, I would say, and it’s an amazing thing in my opinion.” News of an upcoming Bad Seeds album was initially broken by Cave’s wife, Suzie Bick, in September 2018. On her website, The Vampires’ Wife, she spoke about her autumn flu and said Cave currently isn’t with her. She explained, “He is in LA making a new record. Some of his songs reveal themselves at night in his fever dreams. They are his Fever Songs. What lovely jobs we have.”
In his most recent posts on The Red Hand Files – a website on which Cave answers questions submitted by his fans – he touches upon the process of his songwriting, and how he dismisses the idea of having a legacy. “I am still actively engaged in the business of songwriting and doing everything in my power to stay afloat,” he writes.
“Part of that process is to occasionally affect a dismissive attitude toward my earlier songs, as if my best work is still ahead of me. How could I continue to write if I believed otherwise?”
Listen to Our Lady of Light via the player above.