Published May 22, 2014Ten years after Marianne Faithfull tapped Nick Cave to contribute tunes to her immaculate yet devastating Before the Poison, the UK music icon is bringing the Bad Seed back into the inner circle for her next LP. Though an arrival time has yet to be set in stone, Faithfull's Give My Love to London is expected sometime this September.
While song specifics are slim at present, the album will feature new music from an assortment of notable songwriters, with lyrics penned by Faithfull. In addition to Cave's contributions, other composers for the set are said to include Pink Floyd's Roger Waters, Anna Calvi, Steve Earle, Pat Leonard (Madonna, Bryan Ferry) and Tom McRae.
As for the musicians appearing on the set, Cave's Bad Seeds buddies Warren Ellis and Jim Sclavunos sat in on the sessions, as did Portishead guitarist Adrian Utley, keyboard player Ed Harcourt, drummer Rob Ellis (PJ Harvey, Cold Specks), bassist Dimitri Tikovoi and a string quartet. Ellis and Tikovoi handled the production duties as well, while the set was mixed by Flood (U2).
Audio samples from the set have yet to be revealed, though Faithfull will apparently be taking the songs out on the road this fall. Details on the record's street date and Faithfull's accompanying tour schedule have not yet been delivered.
Faithfull's last LP was 2011's Horse and High Heels, which had her tackling on originals and covers of Jackie Lomax and Greg Dulli & Mark Lanegan, and accompanied by Lou Reed and Wayne Kramer.