Patti Smith reveals new track ‘Mercy Is’

The track is a collaboration with Kronos Quartet and Clint Mansell

Patti Smith has unveiled a collaborative track with Kronos Quartet and Clint Mansell, entitled ‘Mercy Is’.

The track was given its first airing on Mary-Anne Hobbs’ radio show, which can be listened to here. The track is featured at the 2:55:00 mark.

‘Mercy Is’ is featured on the soundtrack to new film Noah, directed by Darren Aronofsky and starring Russell Crowe in the title role. The entire soundtrack is scored by frequent Aronofsky collaborator Clint Mansell, while Smith’s entirely new contribution is the only guest appearance across the tracks.

Introducing the track, Hobbs informs that “Patti Smith asked Darren herself if she could write the lullaby that was referenced in the script and ‘Mercy Is’ was the result”. A quote from Mansell also elaborates on the collaborative process of the track, saying “My orchestrator Matt Dunkley and I arranged the music which we roughly laid out alongside Patti’s demo, and then we had Kronos and Patti play together in the studio, so it was all done in quite an old school way. This process allowed Patti and Kronos to really express themselves and really find their performance.”

The track is an atmospheric, string-laden affair featuring Smith performing a solemn, lyrical verse.

Patti Smith also recently covered Rihanna track ‘Stay’ at a concert at New York’s Webster Hall on her 67th birthday. Smith introduced the song as “the 2013 song of the year”, before performing a delicate version of the ‘Rudeboy’ star’s original. Towards the end of the track Smith also fluffed the words, apologising by saying “Wait, wait, wait.. I’m sorry I’m just nervous. I was doing so good.”

Noah is set to open in the UK on April 4.