Song of the Week: Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds’ “Wild God” Is a Gorgeous Mindfuck

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Song of the Week is a weekly column from Consequence that highlights the latest and greatest new tracks each week. Find these new favorites and more on our Spotify Top Songs playlist, and for other great songs from emerging artists, check out our Spotify New Sounds playlist. This week, Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds return with “Wild God.” 

The last fans heard from Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds was 2019’s Ghosteena contemplative, ambient-influenced project that found Cave wading through waters of grief, love, and swirling synth pads. With “Wild God,” Cave and company return surprisingly… joyful?

“It’s a complicated record, but it’s also deeply and joyously infectious,” Cave said of the upcoming release and its eponymous lead single. “There is never a master plan when we make a record. The records rather reflect back the emotional state of the writers and musicians who played them. Listening to this, I don’t know, it seems we’re happy.”

Upon first listen, “Wild God” certainly seems to embody this newfound lightness. Compared to the meditative space that drove Ghosteen, “Wild God” is remarkably upbeat, organic, and — with the climactic, chorus-backed outro — anthemically triumphant.

Of course, being Nick Cave, diving into the lyrics reveals no simple expression of happiness; he said as much himself in the aforementioned quote. Rather, through the tale of an elderly man letting his memories take over, “Wild God” speaks to the importance of working towards contentedness in the face of, well, everything.

At every turn, the old man/wild god faces loss, adversity, and suffering: rape and pillage in the retirement village, the death of the girl on Jubilee Street (a potential callback to the Push the Sky Away track), and winds of tyranny. And yet, he’s a wild god in search of what all wild gods are searching for, winds of tyranny be damned.

“And the people on the ground cried, ‘When does it start?’/ And the wild god says, ‘It starts with the heart,'” Cave sings, giving our titular wild god an opportunity to offer his wisdom. “And the people on the ground cried, ‘When does it end?’/ And the wild God says, ‘Well, it depends, but it mostly never ends.'”

Truly, it mostly never ends, that being anything and everything that takes away one’s joy. But when you’re feeling lonely or blue, bring your spirit down, make like a wild god, and find your peace — it’s out there. Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds certainly did.

— Jonah Krueger
Editorial Coordinator

Honorable Mentions:

Allison Ponthier – “Skin”

Obsession has never sounded as fun and flirty as it does in the latest from Allison Pontheir. “Skin” is a bop, and the accompanying video is wonderfully self-aware, but the brightness of the song is heavily contrasted with the nearly morbid tale Ponthier spins. But at the end of the day, who hasn’t been so drawn to someone that they low-key want to live inside their skin for a moment? The song also offers one of the funniest lines in a minute: “I bet she doesn’t cry in therapy, ’cause honestly, her trauma sounds cool.” Stellar stuff. — Mary Siroky

Bktherula — “The Way”

With just about a week until the release of her latest effort, LVL5 P2, Bktherula dropped “The Way,” a syrupy, psychedelic track that finds the rapper leaning more on her sung vocals than ever before. Luckily, Bktherula can sing, leading to an effectively vibey tune with an earworm lead melody. It’s a new side to the Atlanta rapper, one that reveals her skills extend even further beyond where some might have previously thought. — J. Krueger

Ibibio Sound Machine — “Pull the Rope”

London-based afro-funk band Ibibio Sound Machine are set to release their next project in May, and today, the title track has arrived. “Pull the Rope” is a cosmic dance floor party, brimming with contagious energy, that opens the band’s next era to hopeful, bright energy. “The track is about the hope of finding a peaceful way to overcome our differences in the world,” they confirmed in a statement; let the optimistic energy wash over you this Friday. — M. Siroky

L’Impératrice — “Me Da Igual”

Parisian group L’Impératrice are back with an effortless new disco bop, “Me Da Igual.” Often times, newer disco-leaning tracks can be so brassy and big that they lose any sense of subtlety. But “Me Da Igual” is not one of those songs, and “too much” is not in L’Impératrice’s DNA. The band, led by David Gaugué’s infectious bass guitar work, is tightly wound, buoying in between grooves like a tiny speedboat ripping around the French Riviera. L’Impératrice have never lost their sense of cool, and “Me Da Igual” is as slick as they get. — Paolo Ragusa

Lo Moon — “Borrowed Hills”

Indie quartet Lo Moon have continued their excellent run of singles with “Borrowed Hills,” the latest slice from their forthcoming third album I Wish You Way More Than Luck. This is a band who began in a much more “dream pop” lane, but have since expanded their sound to become more active, more sincere, and somehow, even more majestic. “Borrowed Hills,” across five minutes, reflects that growth through and through, and wears a bit more ’80s influence on its sleeve than previous Lo Moon tracks. But when the chorus hits full bloom, the band sounds deeply inspired, shimmering and swaying with each warm acoustic guitar strum. — P. Ragusa

They Are Gutting a Body of Water, Greg Mendez, and Sun Organ — “Krillin”

In a collaboration that set the Philadelphia indie scene on fire, They Are Gutting a Body of Water, Greg Mendez, and Sun Organ have all teamed up for the killer “Krillin.” As tuneful as anything from Mendez’s excellent 2023 self-titled record, as rocking’ as any Sun Organ track, and as heavy and noisy as anything from Tegabow’s catalog, the song exemplifies the best of each respective artist. If anything, it’s too good, as now I’ll be waiting for the three to drop a full-length project together and hit the road for a co-headliner. — J. Krueger

Two Door Cinema Club — “Happy Customers”

Back when they began with their restless, dance-forward debut, Two Door Cinema Club were less concerned with concocting a specific atmosphere behind their tunes and more focused on the immediate euphoria of their interlocking guitars and disco drum beats. But on their new track “Happy Customers,” you can hear just how much this band has evolved since then. It’s as up-tempo as those early numbers, plus the warmth from songs like “Sun” and “Talk,” all tied together with more space and ease. The boys are feeling breezy this time around, and it’s hard not to want to live in their oasis. — P. Ragusa

Washer — “You’re Also a Jerk”

Sometimes you hear a song and immediately think, “BANGER.” There’s no deeper analysis needed, no thoughts in your head save for than that one, singular word. We dare you to listen to Washer’s latest and not have such a reaction. The driving indie rock vibes, loose vocals, and cries of “you’re also a jerk!” all fuse for an addictive, sub-two-minute bop. By the second listen, you’ll be playing air drums, and by the third you’ll be singing along to every word. Don’t say we didn’t warn you. — J. Krueger

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