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.
Nick Cave: Love Letter
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In addition to his work with Sky-Pony, Kyle Jarrow is an Obie Award winning writer who creates work for the stage, film and television. Plays include A Very Merry Unauthorized Children’s Scientology Pageant, Noir, Whisper House, Love Kills and Hostage Song. Kyle penned the film Armless, which was an official selection of the Sundance Film Festival. He’s developed television projects for FX, USA, FOX and CW networks, as well as the digital series Lost Generation (with music by Duncan Sheik) streaming now on Verizon’s go90 platform. www.landoftrust.com