"The tree don't care what the little bird sings…"
Nick Cave – should it still need pointed out – has something of a way with words. An erudite, at times devastating songwriter, the Australian artist's ability to fuse the secular with the religious, to blur the lines of both remains daunting.
The opening track of Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds' rather fantastic 'Push The Sky Sway' album, 'We No Who U R' finds the singer focussing his sights on salvation.
Asking where true redemption can be found, the song revolves around simple motifs to express something almost inexpressible. Finding truth in the natural world, it's a gospel tinged hymnal, one that could only come from Nick Cave's pen.
It's curious, then, to hear Cold Specks re-work it in her own image. Adding a feminine touch, Al Spx' vocals seem to imbue each word, each phrasing with untapped emotion.
A powerful performance, you can check it out below.
Cold Specks is set to play London's Village Underground on September 30th. Clash has a pair of tickets to give away – simply tweet #coldspeckstix to Clash and we'll pick the winner!
Photo Credit: Steve Gullick