Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, “Black Hair”
As anyone who knows me will attest, I am currently obsessed with the new PJ Harvey album. I literally cannot stop listening to it.
Oddly, my appreciation for Let England Shake has lead me to go back a dig up an old favorite from Nick Cave’s back catalog, The Boatman’s Call. The Boatman’s Call was a huge stylistic departure for Cave and his Bad Seeds; with this album they made a break from their Birthday Party-inflected post-punk to the introspective piano-driven balladeering that would define much of their musical legacy.
The Boatman’s Call, like many a great album before it, is a break-up record. Many (if not most) of the songs on the record were inspired by Cave’s split with PJ Harvey. Fascinating, devastating music.