Issue #277 / March 2024

Wild God is fully thrilling. Would you please tell us about it?

LAUREN, RESTON, VIRGINIA, USA

I can’t explain the feeling of almost rapture, of joy, hearing Wild God today.
Can you tell us any more about the album please?

RENNY, HORSHAM, UK

 

After all these years in the public eye, do you actually care what the people say?

CASPAR, MUNICH, GERMANY

Dear Lauren, Renny and Caspar,

I am often tempted to shout out loud that I dont care what people say. I dont care what you say!” I want to proclaim. I don’t care!” And its true that I have become hardened to censure over the years – toughened on the anvil of public opinion, where I am criticised for what I say or, more often it seems lately, what I dont say. “I really don’t care what people say!” I cry.

Earlier this week I was feeling a bit out of sorts and moping around the house. Whats wrong with you?” Susie asked, “What do you mean? Nothing is wrong with me!I said. Youre putting out your new song on Wednesday, are you worried what people will say about it?” Susie said. Though I am supposed to have a certain insight into peoples natures, it seems I am entirely blind to the forces that control my own as I proclaimed in my loudest possible voice, “No! I dont care what people say!

And then the song came out, and as the responses started to come in with such unrestrained and exuberant positivity, that sorry little cloud that had been following me around departed – and then I knew, because it struck me, like a great, warm, frothy, emotive wave, that I do care what people say, I care very much.

Lauren, I don’t want to say much about the album itself until it is released in August and you get to hear all the songs, but I can tell you that it is a record full of secrets. It is made up of a series of complex and interlinking narratives, the title song Wild God’ being the primary point of propulsion, with the songs all feeding off each other – not so much to tell a story, but to rally round an acutely vulnerable and mysterious event’ that resides at the heart of the albums central song, ‘Conversion’.

Im excited for everyone to hear the whole thing. Then I can tell you a few things that you really must know – like what exactly Anita is talking about, why Kris Kristofferson walks in and out of the truly epic Frogs’, what the real life event in Conversion’ is, why this record is so joyful when almost everyone in the songs is dead, why my wife finally awakens after years of sleep, what is the actual name of the narrator in ‘Long Dark Night’, who are the dozen white vampires in Cinnamon Horses’, and why there is so much damn water. But all that, I guess, will have to wait.

Thank you all for the amazing responses to the first song. I am feeling very happy, and so are the band. When it all comes down to it, there is little else we need to do in this world but care.

Love, Nick

 

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