Album: Nick Cave & Warren Ellis, White Lunar, (Mute)

As their work with the Bad Seeds and Grinderman has turned increasingly visceral, Cave and Ellis have given an outlet to their contemplative sides by composing soundtracks.

White Lunar collects scores for films including The Assassination of Jesse James... and The English Surgeon. Incidental music inevitably dominates, but "The Rider Song" (from The Proposition) is a song worthy of any Cave album, while disc two's dissonant hidden track sounds like something he might have knocked up with old buddy Blixa.