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Nick Cave: Love Letter

This is one of my favorite songs in the world. There’s something about Nick Cave’s rough rock n’ roll voice, paired with a tender string-soaked arrangement, that I find deeply moving. I particularly love how the piano is recorded; it sounds so warm and full of life. The suspensions in the string lines create a harmonic tension that seldom resolves until at least beat two of each measure. The resulting feeling, for me, is a bittersweet yearning that beautifully matches the content of lyrics. And then there’s the moment where the drums come in at 2:55… I get shivers every time. Just the perfect moment of release.

Hear Kyle, NYFOS favorite Lauren Worsham, and their band Sky-Pony in our final NYFOS Nextconcert of the season on May 10 at National Sawdust in Brooklyn. 

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