Listen to Nick Cave’s new single “Letter To Cynthia” in full online

A song of death and grief

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Nick Cave has shared his new single “Letter To Cynthia” in full online – listen to it below.

The track originally appears on Cave and Warren Ellis’ new seven-inch release titled Grief, based on a letter sent to Cave’s Red Hand Files website.

“Letter To Cynthia” appears alongside another song, “Song For Cynthia”, and both tracks were inspired by a question that a fan named Cynthia had sent to The Red Hand Files, a site where Cave responds to letters from his audience.

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“I have experienced the death of my father, my sister, and my first love in the past few years and feel that I have some communication with them, mostly through dreams,” she wrote in October 2018. “They are helping me.”

Referring to the death of Cave’s teenage son in 2015, she continued: “Are you and Susie feeling that your son Arthur is with you and communicating in some way?”

In a description under the new single, Cave wrote: “In Fall 2018 Cynthia sent this question to The Red Hand Files.

“My reply was the first time I was able to articulate my own contradictory feelings of grief. Letters like Cynthia’s have helped bring me and many others back to the world. I recorded ‘Letter To Cynthia’ and ‘Song For Cynthia’ with Warren in November 2020 at Soundtree Studios in London. They are beautiful pieces and I hope you like them.”

In other Nick Cave news, Cave and Ellis will head out on a European tour with The Bad Seeds across the summer of 2022 – new dates were announced last week.

Originally published on NME
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