Nick Cave & Warren Ellis

Carnage is an album by Nick Cave & Warren Ellis, recorded over a period of weeks during lockdown. Although the pair have previously composed and recorded numerous soundtracks together, this is the first time they have released an entire of album of new music as a duo…

Nick Cave describes the album as, “a brutal but very beautiful record nested in a communal catastrophe.”

The record is rooted in the idea of isolation and displacement, themes that were carried through to the artwork and campaign. The fragmented treatment of the title was employed as a means of softening the brutality of the word itself – compositions are continuously rearranged across formats to evoke the idea of something in flux. An expansive use of white space is a deliberate nod to the idea of emptiness, where words and lyrics appear suspended in a void.

This notion was then further extended into the accompanying book – which, printed onto bible paper, suggests a sense of fragility and allowed words, titles and lyrics to gently permeate throughout the pages.

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