Hear Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds' Spoken-Word Horror-Drone 'Animal X'

Record Store Day single is outtake from latest album

Nick Cave
Nick Cave performs with the Bad Seeds at Coachella / Photo by Getty Images
Marc Hogan

"Down on the waterfront / Out on the boondocks," Nick Cave intones more than an once on "Animal X," his newly released Record Store Day single with the Bad Seeds. Uttered in the Australian goth-rock legend's magisterial, lightly accented baritone, it's a phrase that would be at home on any Cave-related project. This outtake from the sessions that gave us this year's excellent Push the Sky Away backs Cave's vocals with pulsating, droning ominousness, and the lyrics only become stranger and more horrifying as the song goes on. But if you managed to pick this up on Saturday, you're probably feeling pretty lucky right now. Might want to stay away from the waterfront, though.


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