Today, Nell & The Flaming Lips share a video for “Red Right Hand” from their album of Nick Cave covers, Where the Viaduct Looms, out now via Bella Union. The video features a live performance from Nell and the Lips of which Nell says: “I really loved working on these live videos, shooting this was the first time I had the opportunity to actually play music with the Lips as we recorded the whole album remotely. Performing live gives the whole thing more energy and I can’t wait to do more.”
Where the Viaduct Looms comprises nine Nick Cave cover versions with vocals and instrumentation by 14-year-old Nell Smith and instrumentation and production by The Flaming Lips. The album was mastered by Dave Fridmann at Tarbox Road Studios. Nell and the Lips have previously shared videos for ‘Girl In Amber’, ‘The Ship Song’ and ‘No More Shall We Part’.
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 ****
“Nell’s guileless vocals are the bridge between his dark and deeply felt lyrics and the band’s ornate sounds. Where The Viaduct Looms shares some of Oczy Mlody desolate sweetness, particularly on “The Ship Song”‘s blissful electronic haze. The Lips seize every opportunity to re-create Cave’s songs with adventurous production, transforming the hymn-like “Into My Arms” into a lush track worthy of a futuristic Phil Spector.” All Music – 4 Stars****