Still digesting the film, has drawn me into a thoughtful and existential mood. Lots of big ideas about life and art and trauma, as expected, but it’s quite different actually seeing someone going through it for two hours.
Could watch master musicians tinkering in the studio forever, so that was great. Quite a few laughs and warmth to the relationships between Cave and others which stopped the whole thing becoming overbearing.
It was powerful the way it skirted around talking about Arthur for a while and then gradually drew closer to the traumatic event through showing Nick and Susie’s interactions. And then, yeah, the end bit hit hard.
Listened to the album once this morning, incredible experience focusing on the music without the visuals. Lots of the first half feels like an extension of the spoken word stuff in the film, just with the backdrop of beautiful piano and Warren Ellis murking and mooding all over. And the last three songs as mentioned are brilliant. Looking forward to getting familiar with it, the lyrics in particular.