“Late Victorian Holocaust,” the Nick Cave–composed first single from Marianne Faithfull‘s upcoming 20th album, Give My Love to London, is now streaming. The moody track features the fittingly gothic refrain, “Sweet little sleep/ My dreams are yours to keep,” and a shimmery backdrop of atmospheric sounds, sullen piano and a beautiful violin solo. It escalates until the vocalist sings in her stentorian voice, “And nobody will ever wake again,” just before the music falls apart and she sings the refrain again.
The singer worked with an impressive cast of musicians to make Give My Love to London. In addition to Cave, her songwriting partners included Roger Waters, Steve Earle, Tom McRae and Anna Calvi, with her backing band consisting of singer-songwriter Ed Harcourt, Portishead guitarist Adrian Utley and two members of Nick Cave’s Bad Seeds, violinist Warren Ellis and drummer Jim Sclavunos. Rob Ellis and Dimitri Tikovi co-produced the record, whose release marks the 50th anniversary of Faithfull’s first recording.
The single serves as more of a teaser to American fans than European ones, since the record will come out on September 29th across the pond. The U.S. release date is set for November 11th. Faithfull is also set to tour Europe this fall with American dates tentatively scheduled for 2015.
Additionally, Faithfull is putting out a book of photos from throughout her career with commentary in the fall. Marianne Faithfull: A Life on Record is scheduled to come out on November 4th, with an introduction by Salman Rushdie and additional commentary from Will Self and Terry Southern.