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Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds are Biblical and bananas on “Frogs”

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds are approaching the release of a new album called Wild God at the end of August and following on from dropping the title track almost three months ago we finally have a second taster called “Frogs”.

Cave tees it up by saying: “The sheer exuberance of a song like “Frogs.” it just puts a big fucking smile on my face.”

The exuberance was certainly clear in “Wild God” and remains intact here on “Frogs” – which is surprising considering it starts with a murder. “Ushering in the week he knelt down and crushed his brother’s head in with a bone / It’s my great privilege to walk you home,” Cave casually sings, bringing his own flair to the Bible story of Cain and Abel. From there, “Frogs” is pure ascent to the heavens, replete with sky-searching guitars, grandiose strings and a choir. Cave lives up to these surroundings in a way only he can, painting large-scale empathy while beseeching “take that gun out of your hand”. He veers all over the place, mentioning that “Kris Kristofferson walks by kicking a can / He surely hasn’t washed for years”. It’s preposterous. It’s brilliant.

Watch the lyric video for “Frogs” below or find the song on streamers.

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds’ new album Wild God arrives on August 30 via Bad Seed/Play It Again Sam (pre-order/save). You can find Nick Cave on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.