In the hands of many other artists, White Lunar would be a career-high achievement. It’s testament to Cave and Ellis’ ongoing relevance that it can be released with relatively minimal fanfare – presumably with the knowledge that it’s merely the tip of a mighty, mighty iceberg. »
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nick cave and warren ellis have been creating music together for more than fifteen years, with the bad seeds, grinderman and the dirty three. more recently, they have collaborated on soundtracks for such films as 'the proposition' (2005) and 'the assassination of jesse james by the coward robert ford' (2007). 'white lunar', a two cd set contains music they composed from the aforementioned films, along with a selection of their cinematic scores, including rare and previously unavailable material. cave and ellis' first soundtrack together was australian director john hillcoat's 2005 quasi-western, 'the proposition' (for which cave also wrote the screenplay). the following year, the pair received a commission to compose the music for a film by another australian director, andrew dominik's 'the assassination of jesse james by the coward robert ford'. by the time dominik's film came out, hillcoat had begun his adaptation of the road (cormac mccarthy's novel of a father and son's trek across a vast wasteland in the aftermath of global catastrophe); once again cave and ellis were invited to create music for the film. with 'the road' as yet unreleased, this album offers a rare opportunity for a sneak preview of the soundtrack.
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