Albums

Here are the 13 albums to listen to in June

“Such things should never happen, but we die / The swallow finds an oak tree to nest her young / Helpless between earth and sky / Countless under the vast and indifferent sun.” These poetic words, sung by Nick Cave on a holy instrumentation, are only a foretaste of Seven Psalms, a new spoken word album premiering in April from the beloved frontman of Bad Seeds. If you’re a Cave fanatic hoping for ominous goth rock serenades in the vein of “Red Right Hand” (a track made famous by the Scream movies and like the Peaky Blinders theme song), you might be surprised to learn that there’s no deep baritone vocals here. Kind of like the first half of 2021’s “White Elephant” Carnage, this seven-track opus is a thought-provoking discussion of music co-written by longtime collaborator and Bad Seeds bandmate Warren Ellis, marking their second musical project as a duo. Just like their previous release, this project also came to life during the pandemic. “During the lockdown, I wrote a number of psalms or little sacred songs, one a day for a week,” Cave said in a statement about the new LP. “The seven psalms are presented as a long meditation on faith, rage, love, grief, mercy, sex and praise. A veiled, contemplative offering, born of an uncertain time. Hope you like it.” Thanks Nick, we’re sure we will. [Gil Macias]