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Nick Cave and Warren Ellis share beautiful new track ‘Les Cerfs’

The elegant new song is taken from the pair's forthcoming soundtrack for 'La Panthère Des Neiges'

By Patrick Clarke

Nick Cave Warren Ellis sit against computer gear in a black and white photo
Warren Ellis and Nick Cave (Photo: Matthew Thorne)

Frequent collaborators & bandmates Nick Cave and Warren Ellis have shared a new track, you can take a listen to ‘Les Cerfs’ below.

The elegant and slow-burning new song is taken from the pair’s forthcoming soundtrack for ‘La Panthère Des Neiges’.

Directed and written by Marie Amiguet and Vincent Munier, the film follows photographer Munier and writer Sylvain Tesson in their search for a snow leopard.

Cave and Ellis released the first single from the soundtrack, ‘We Are Not Alone’, last month, with the full record set to be released digitally on Friday (December 17) via Invada Records.

Speaking about the film, Ellis said: “There is something about the heart of this film that draws you in. I realised after a day, that I wanted to do whatever it took to compose an entire original score. The film deserved to have its own musical voice. 

“I booked five days and asked Nick if he could come in for a day to write a theme song and play some piano. He saw the film and stayed for four days.

“In the end we made what I think is one of the most beautiful films we have ever worked on. One of my favourite experiences ever working on a project. The stars are the animals in all their wild glory, as we have never seen them before, and man in reverence and wonder.”

Cave and Ellis have formerly contributed soundtracks to ‘The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford’, ‘The Road’ and ‘Hell Or High Water’ among many others.

They also released the studio album ‘Carnage’ earlier this year, which was their first album together outside of their soundtrack work and their playing in The Bad Seeds and Grinderman.

Ellis, meanwhile, revealed last month that he feared The Bad Seeds’ 2019 album ‘Ghosteen’ would be his last time playing with Cave.

“When we made that record, I just deep down thought to myself, ‘I don’t think I could ever be involved in anything this great again.’ I always thought one day my aim is to make something great, and it felt like that happened,” he said.