On 2nd September, cutting edge trio Soundwalk Collective and composer and instrumentalist Jesse Paris Smith are releasing their album Killer Road, a tribute to Nico. Initially a live audio-visual experience hosted in New York as part of the 2014 Crossing the Line festival, the collaboration is finally being released as a nine track record.
On the opening, title track, they are joined by legendary musician and poet Patti Smith. ‘Killer Road’ is a haunting mix of vaguely tribal percussion, light and slightly warped humming, and increasingly prominent synth tones. The ambient track is also introduced by the faint sound of crickets. Patti Smith continually intonates in a hushed manner “the killer road is waiting for you/ Like a finger pointing in the night.”
The video was directed by Stephan Crasneanscki of the Soundwalk Collective and was shot on Ibiza, where Nico passed away in 1988. While it’s tinged with stark blue tones, it’s also meditative, much like the track itself. Watch below.
Photo credit: Michael Stipe