Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds have announced B-Sides & Rarities Part II, the long-awaited follow-up to 2005's B-Sides & Rarities Part I, and have shared the previously unreleased track "Vortex" to accompany the news.
"Vortex" is the first taster of B-Sides & Rarities Part II, and was written and recorded in 2006 by Cave, Warren Ellis, Martyn Casey and Jim Sclavunos. The song was never released due to them not being able to decide whether it was a Grinderman or Bad Seeds song.
B-Sides & Rarities Part II is the long-awaited follor-up to 2005's B-Sides & Rarities Part I. It will feature 27 rare/unreleased tracks from 2006-2020, including the first recordings of "Skeleton Tree", "Girl In Amber" and "Bright Horses".
Cave says, "I always liked the original B-Sides & Rarities more than any of our other albums. It’s the only one I’d listen to willingly. It seems more relaxed, even a bit nonsensical in places, but with some beautiful songs throughout. There is something, too, about the smallness of certain songs that is closer to their original spirit."
He adds, "B-Sides & Rarities Part II continues this strange and beautiful collection of lost songs from The Bad Seeds. I love the final side of the last disc because it reveals the small and fragile beginnings of some of my favourite Bad Seeds songs. "Waiting For You" complete with bizarre ‘canning factory’ rhythm track, a gorgeous "Life Per Se" deemed too sad for Skeleton Tree, and "Earthlings" that some consider the finest track of the Ghosteen sessions."