NICO – DESERTSHORE

December 1970
Desertshore is Nico’s inhuman masterpiece. It is an illusion – a mirage – a desert has no shore. The album is sequenced in order of allied keys, slipping song by song to the relative minor – a classical song cycle. Desertshore is Nico’s supernatural requiem to pain and solitude through the drone of her harmonium and the sweetness or dissonance of John Cale’s viola and piano. A beautiful nightmare welcoming death’s release.

As mentioned in the biography Nico: The Life and Lies of an Icon, Virgin Books by Richard Witts 1993) Ornette Coleman told Nico that the normal way to approach a keyboard was to play the chords with the left hand in the lower register and the melody higher up with the right hand. He suggested that she reverse this — and she did, with striking results.

Melody Maker called Desertshore. ‘a medieval ruin of a record.’ The album includes two stunningly sad ballads, ‘Alone’ and ‘My Only Child’. One song is sung by her young son, Ari. ‘Janitor of Lunacy’ is for Brian Jones and ‘The Falconer’ for Andy Warhol…


“Father child
Angels of the night
Silver flame
my candlelight”

Here is Nico’s song for Andy, ‘The Falconer’ from her masterpiece Desertshore

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QZu8FrzgpU&list=RD7QZu8FrzgpU

And a wonderful version from from Philippe Garrel’s  Le Lit de la vierge

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxN8VFAAQ6A

The falconer is sitting on
His summersand at dawn
Unlocking flooded silvercages
And with a silverdin arise
All the lovely faces
And the lovely silvertraces erase
My empty pages

The falconer is sitting on
His summersand at dawn
Beside his singing silverwaves
And his dancing rebelrace
That compose ahead of timeless time
A sound inside my candle light

Father child
Angels of the night
Silver friend
my candlelight

Father child
Angels of the night
Silver friend
my candlelight

The falconer is sitting on
His summersand at dawn
Unlocking flooded silvercages
And with a silverdin arise
All the lovely faces
And the lovely silvertraces erase
My empty pages

 

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