New music–Grinderman

Nick Cave’s been around so long that his creepy outsider status of the ’80s has almost given way to an elder statesman role. Fortunately for us, he just took a giant step backwards.

His new project, Grinderman, is reckless, loose, drunken, dark, and just short of amazing. Forget the piano, Nick’s plugged in a guitar, and he’s up to his usual misanthropic tricks (including the insistent ode to a junkie prostitute, “Depth Charge Ethyl”).

I like my Nick Cave filthy and unsettling. I also miss the arty chaos of the Birthday Party. Grinderman offers up teases of both.

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