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The Flaming Lips, Nell Smith share video for cover of Nick Cave’s ‘The Ship Song’

The Flaming Lips and young fan Nell Smith have collaborated on their second Nick Cave cover, “The Ship Song.”

Last month, the Flaming Lips announced that they’d be teaming up with 13-year-old Nell Smith for a full cover album of Nick Cave songs. The record, When The Viaduct Looms, is out on November 26th.

“I still can’t really believe it,” Nell Smith says of the collaboration. “It was a really steep learning curve but Wayne was so encouraging when I was struggling with a few of the songs that I kept going.”

Watch the video for “The Ship Song” below.

“I hadn’t heard of Nick Cave but Wayne suggested that we should start with an album of his cover versions, and then look at recording some of my own songs later,” Smith continues. “It was cool to listen and learn about Nick Cave and pick the songs we wanted to record.”

Nell Smith had attended a whole slew of Flaming Lips gigs over three years. After being spotted at the shows with her father several times, she caught the attention of frontman Wayne Coyne. The pair exchanged contact information and recorded covers remotely throughout the pandemic.

“It is always great to meet excited, young creative people,” Coyne explains of the Nell Smith collaboration. “With Nell we could see she is on a journey and thought it would be fun to join her for a while and see if we could get things going. It was a great way to connect with her and help harness her cool attitude to make music.”

Check out the tracklist for When The Viaduct Looms below or pre-order it here.

When The Viaduct Looms Tracklist:

01 – “Girl In Amber”
02 – “Weeping Song”
03 – “Into My Arms”
04 – “O Children”
05 – “The Kindness Of Strangers”
06 – “No More Shall We Part”
07 – “Red Right Hand”
08 – “The Ship Song”
09 – “We Know Who You Are”

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