Nick Cave has released his newest single, ‘Letter to Cynthia’.
The song, which first featured on a project entitled ‘Grief’, an effort in which Cave worked alongside his closest collaborator Warren Ellis, derives from inspiration surrounding a letter that was sent to Cave’s Red Hand Files fan-led website.
Both tracks ‘Letter To Cynthia’ and ‘Song For Cynthia’ are inspired by a letter sent to Cave: “I have experienced the death of my father, my sister, and my first love in the past few years and feel that I have some communication with them, mostly through dreams,” the woman wrote in her original correspondence. “They are helping me,” she added.
The letter in question hit Cave personally, as Cynthia asked the Bad Seeds frontman of his response to the tragic death of his son, Arthur, in 2015. “Are you and Susie feeling that your son Arthur is with you and communicating in some way?” she wrote.
Now, taking his feelings to music as Cave has done so prolifically in recent years, he detailed the backstory to his latest single: “In Fall 2018 Cynthia sent this question to The Red Hand Files,” he began. “My reply was the first time I was able to articulate my own contradictory feelings of grief. Letters like Cynthia’s have helped bring me and many others back to the world.
“I recorded ‘Letter to Cynthia’ and ‘Song for Cynthia’ with Warren in November 2020 at Soundtree Studios in London. They are beautiful pieces and I hope you like them.”
Stream the song, below.