Nick Cave and Warren Ellis Remind Us That “We Are Not Alone”

The song comes from the film Les Panthère Des Neiges that’s out digitally on December 17.

Today, Nick Cave and Warren Ellis have shared a glimpse of their latest project, which is the soundtrack for the forthcoming documentary Les Panthère Des Neiges. In the new song “We Are Not Alone,” the two emphasize the blinding narcissism of humans—a theme that’s been hammered home particularly hard this year. “I’ve travelled a lot unaware I was observed,” goes one line. There are millions of species of that surround us, watching us. And most of the time we’re oblivious.

Les Panthère Des Neiges details the trip of wildlife photography Vincent Munier and novelist Sylvain Tesson, who spent several weeks exploring the diverse fauna in Tibet. The film was made by Marie Amiguet and Vincent Munier and will be released on December 22.

“There is something about the heart of this film that draws you in,” Ellis said in a press statement. “I realised after a day, that I wanted to do whatever it took to compose an entire original score. The film deserved to have its own musical voice. I booked five days and asked Nick if he could come in for a day to write a theme song and play some piano. He saw the film and stayed for four days.

“In the end we made what I think is one of the most beautiful films we have ever worked on. One of my favourite experiences ever working on a project. The stars are the animals in all their wild glory, as we have never seen them before, and man in reverence and wonder.”

Listen to “We Are Not Alone” below.

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