In December 2021 Nell & The Flaming Lips digitally released Where the Viaduct Looms, an album of Nick Cave covers, to much acclaim. A year later the album is at last coming out on vinyl, on 16th December via Bella Union, and is available to preorder here. To accompany the announcement Nell & The Flaming Lips have shared a video for the classic “Into My Arms”, one of the standout tracks on the album. The video was shot late at night in Oklahoma City, driving about in Wayne’s car in the winter of 2022, right after watching a Lips rehearsal and the day before travelling to Nashville for the New Year’s Eve Cavern shows. With videography by Blake Studdard of Atria Creative.
Where the Viaduct Looms comprises nine Nick Cave cover versions with vocals and instrumentation by Nell Smith and instrumentation and production by The Flaming Lips. The album was mastered by Dave Fridmann at Tarbox Road Studios. Nell & The Flaming Lips have previously shared videos for ‘Girl In Amber’, ‘The Ship Song’, ‘No More Shall We Part’ and ‘Red Right Hand’.
Acclaim for Where the Viaduct Looms:
“US teen Nell Smith’s glassy sweetness is a great fit for the Lips on a Nick Cave covers LP. The more gothic the song (Girl In Amber, Red Right Hand) the better the interpretation.” MOJO
“This sweetly bizarre experiment pays off… Drenched in electronic buzz and psychedelic fuzz, these shimmery reworkings of Cave classics are pleasingly free of both solemn reverence and ironic kitsch.” Uncut
“Cave’s glowering menace acquires a new, lighter prettiness when his apocalyptic words are delivered in Nell’s high, youthful voice, drenched in echo and backed by the Lips’ familiar woozy electronic rock.” Evening Standard – 4 stars ****
“A soothing Bad Seeds tribute… The Lips apply their trademark psychedelic tinges to Cave’s odes… Nell Smith sounds wise beyond her years, and remarkably undaunted by having to sing one luminary’s songs with a group of others.” Record Collector