Nick Cave announces new spoken word project, ‘Seven Psalms’

The upcoming record contains a series of "small, sacred songs" that were made in collaboration with Warren Ellis

Nick Cave has announced a new series of spoken word pieces set to music that was created in collaboration with Warren Ellis.

Titled ‘Seven Psalms’, the project comprises seven spoken word cuts along with a 12-minute instrumental. It’ll be released on June 10 as a limited edition 10″ vinyl and will also be available on streaming services – pre-order/pre-save here.

Fans can purchase the physical edition from Cave Things – the online store that Cave launched back in 2020 – as well as at record shops worldwide.


“While in lockdown I wrote a number of psalms, or small, sacred songs—one a day for a week,” Nick Cave explained of ‘Seven Psalms’ in a statement.

“The seven psalms are presented as one long meditation—on faith, rage, love, grief, mercy, sex and praise. A veiled, contemplative offering borne of an uncertain time. I hope you like it.”

Produced by Cave alongside Luis Almau, the project came together during the sessions for Nick Cave & Warren Ellis‘ 2021 album ‘Carnage’.

The vinyl’s outer sleeve evokes the cover of a hymn or prayer book, printed on embossed petrol blue with a jewel-like title and crucifix rendered in metallic gold. Those who order via Cave Things will also receive an exclusive Psalms Prayer Card.


You can see the tracklist for ‘Seven Psalms’ below.

Side A
‘How Long Have I Waited?’
‘Have Mercy On Me’
‘I Have Trembled My Way Deep’
‘I Have Wandered All My Unending Days’
‘Splendour, Glorious Splendour’
‘Such Things Should Never Happen’
‘I Come Alone And To You’

Side B
‘Psalm Instrumental’

Meanwhile, Nick Cave & Warren Ellis recently shared a special performance from their upcoming film This Much I Know To Be True, which was directed by Andrew Dominik. The full visual project is due to arrive in cinemas globally on May 11.

Per an official description, the film captures Cave and Ellis’ “exceptional creative relationship as they bring to life songs from albums ‘Ghosteen’ [Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds] and ‘Carnage’ [Nick Cave & Warren Ellis]”.