Avalanche (Leonard Cohen song)
|Song by Leonard Cohen|
|from the album Songs of Love and Hate|
The lyrics are based on a poem he had previously written. He acknowledged in a 1992 interview with Paul Zollo that his "chop", his unique pattern of playing classical guitar, is behind many of his early songs, and this one features Cohen's trademark fast, syncopated classical guitar pattern as the accompaniment on the recording of the song.
- Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds recorded a version of the song for their 1984 album, From Her to Eternity. In 2015, as a solo artist, Nick Cave covered "Avalanche" again for season 2 of Black Sails.
- Aimee Mann recorded the song as opening theme for the TV series I'll Be Gone in the Dark (2020).
- Ghost recorded a version of the song for their 2018 album, Prequelle
- Zollo, Paul (1997). "Interview with Leonard Cohen, Los Angeles, 1992". Songwriters on Songwriting (expanded ed.). Da Capo Press. ISBN 978-0-306-80777-0.
- Rayner, Miles (January 9, 2015). "Hear Nick Cave's new cover of Leonard Cohen's 'Avalanche' for 'Black Sails' -- exclusive". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved July 30, 2020.
- Breihan, Tom (July 1, 2020). "Aimee Mann Covers Leonard Cohen's "Avalanche" For HBO's 'I'll Be Gone In The Dark': Listen". Stereogum. Retrieved July 2, 2020.