A little over a week after sharing a first look at his upcoming concert film, the iconic songwriter Nick Cave has shared a new teaser for Idiot Prayer: Nick Cave Alone at Alexandra Palace. As if following on from where the previous video left off, which ended as the singer took his seat at a solitary piano placed in the London palace’s empty west concert hall, this latest minute-long clip has Cave perform the first two verses of “Galleon Ship”. Watch the teaser below:
As stipulated by the film’s title, the forlorn, monumental synths that characterised the Ghosteen cut have been stripped away, with Cave instead playing what sounds like a newly-arranged piano part over the song’s melancholic musings: “If I could sail a galleon ship/Long lonely rider cross the sky/Seek out mysteries while you sleep/And treasures money cannot buy”.
In addition to “Galleon Ship”, Cave’s official website details that we will hear acoustic renditions of songs chosen from throughout his discography, from “early Bad Seeds and Grinderman, right through to the most recent … album”. Another we can expect to see is of course the film’s namesake “Idiot Prayer”, a track from his 1997 album The Boatman’s Call of which Cave played the first few notes at the end of the initial announcement trailer (spoken lyrics from Ghosteen’s opener “Spinning Song” were also used).
Watch the trailer for IDIOT PRAYER: Nick Cave Alone at Alexandra Palace here: https://t.co/FgKl1JjYZA. Global live streaming event on 23 July 2020. Buy tickets and find out more information including how to stream the event here: https://t.co/tL3zmyQCtr
— Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds (@nickcave) July 13, 2020
Despite its filming having already taken place last month, the website also details that the 90 minute feature will be streamed on Thursday (the 23rd) as if it were a live performance, meaning that viewers will not be able to pause or rewind the film, nor access it once it has finished screening. Tickets to stream Idiot Prayer… are available through the DICE website, though viewers should note that the time of the broadcast will differ between timezones (for the UK it is 8pm BST). Watch the full trailer below: