listen to patti smith's poetic tribute to nico

Soundwalk Collective and Patti Smith link up again to create Killer Road, an album that gives a new life to the Velvet Underground singer's work.

17 June 2016, 12:30pm

Patti Smith and Soundwalk Collective have turned their 2014 series of performances into a powerful new album titled Killer Road. On it, Patti reads the poetry and lyrics of Velvet Underground singer Nico, her words laid over the atmospheric sounds of the international art collective made up of Stephan Crasneanscki, Simone Merli and Kamran Sadeghi.

Musician and activist -- and Patti's daughter -- Jesse Paris Smith joined Sound Collective on the album, which they describe as "a hypnotic meditation on the idea of perpetual motion and the cycle of life and death". Nico's own harmonium, which Patti returned to the legendary Factory Girl after she had pawned it, contributes to the hypnotic soundscape. In a 2013 interview with Zoo Magazine, Patti spoke of Nico's importance, saying, "You know, it influenced us all, to have such a bold delivery of bold songs by a female in that period -- the early 60s."

Killer Road will be out 2 September on Bella Union and Sacred Bones Records.


Text Clementine de Pressigny
Photography Klaus Hiltscher via Flickr