So much to say about this, and yet so much remains ineffable.
First, this is a brand-new release (Dec. 4, 2020). Nicholas Lens invited Nick Cave to write the libretto to this "chamber opera" that Nick Cave described as "twelve lyrical pieces that tracked the birth, blooming, fracturing and rebirth of a human being—petitions to a divine maker demanding some sort of cosmic acknowledgement and finding it beautifully rendered in the gorgeous music that Nicholas composed."
The music and lyrics draw the listener in for a deep dive through some quite heavy, interior experiences. It is hauntingly beautiful music, emotionally moving. It falls upon the ears with a gentle grace, and yet it explores powerful emotional depths.