Robert Pattinson’s Little Ashes Nude is exactly what it sounds like–a set of nude photographs taken by Pattinson himself. The pictures feature the English actor in a range of intimate situations, from lying in bed to checking his phone to taking a bath (with a tiny bit of skin showing). It’s a beautiful set of images, but it’s important to remember that they’re not for the faint of heart. The snaps are quite racy, so prepare to be offended if you’re not willing to look at porn (but then again, who isn’t these days?).
The photos were shot over a period of two years and were compiled by Pattinson’s friend and collaborator Dimitri De Wolf, who has worked with the actor on a range of music videos and films, including the 2013 film Beautiful People. “I saw him as a kind of modern-day Medici, producing and enjoying beautiful things, both in life and in art,” De Wolf said of Pattinson in a statement. “I wanted to immortalise it in images.”
De Wolf went on to explain that he and Pattinson had been talking about doing a project together for a while, and that while the actor had agreed, he hadn’t expected the project to take the form of a fully fledged book. “It wasn’t a typical story for him, as he’s rarely acted and when he has it’s usually been in a play,” De Wolf said. “The idea for the project came about after we shot the music video for ‘Honeymoon Station’ in Croatia. We were both a little bit drunk and I started telling him about my travels. He listened and then told me that he’d love to do the same.”
Honeymoon Station is one of four tracks on Pattinson’s just-released album, Lost Songs. The album, which features some of the most intimate songs the actor has ever recorded, is out now on Kobalt Music.
Robert Pattinson’s Latest Album Is A Study In Textural Contrasts
Lost Songs is a study in textural contrasts, from the dark and moody orchestral rock of ‘The Seeker’ to the hard-hitting metal of ‘Skeletons In The Closet’ to the pop and electronica of ‘Honeymoon Station’ and ‘Moth (A Nightingale Sang)’.
What is perhaps most interesting about the album is its diversity. The previous record from the Twilight actor was 2011’s Grammy-nominated Badalamenti, which was a beautiful piece of art steeped in Italian Renaissance influences. Lost Songs steps away from that palette and into something darker, more modern and stark. These are songs that Pattinson has described as “personal”, with titles like ‘The Hunter’ and ‘The Priest’ deriving from his own experiences as a hunter and a clergyman, respectively. “I wanted to make something that was more direct and easy to relate to,” he told Rolling Stone in an interview in April this year. “I didn’t want to hide behind literary allusions anymore.”
The result is an album that is as rewarding for its lyrics as it is for its musical arrangements. While Badalamenti was a conceptual album that fused the actor’s love for film and art, Lost Songs is an exercise in musical and textual interpretation. On paper, at least, this is the perfect marriage of a pop music icon and a classical music legend.
Pattinson’s Previous Albums And Shows Were Deeply Personal
Pattinson’s previous two albums, 2010’s Water Meets Glass and 2014’s Bite, were deeply personal. The latter album, in particular, was an exorcism of sorts, with songs like ‘Madness’ and ‘Ava Adorable’ dealing with the actor’s personal experiences with mental illness and the perils of drug addiction. In that way, the album was an extension of Pattinson’s stage show at the time, which itself was a visceral and intimate experience. “Ava Adorable” in particular was an evocation of Pattinson’s own experiences, with the singer Adorable describing the song as “really just about me”. “As I was finishing the lyrics I was thinking about how much it described my own life. When I was younger I used to have a dream where I would be singing in a beautiful, empty church. I think that church was the first place I ever felt beautiful,” he told The New Yorker in 2014.
Pattinson said that he had “always” been interested in music, but had put his interests aside to pursue a career in acting. Water Meets Glass, his first album as a solo artist, was an important step towards rekindling his passion for music. The album, which was released under the moniker of Robert Pattinson Band, was a statement of intent, both musically and ideologically, with the band drawing from classic rock and roll and blues influences. In a 2014 interview with NME magazine, Pattinson said that he was “sick of waiting around for other people’s ideas of how [he] should be”. He wanted to put forward his own and present the world with something new.
What emerges on Lost Songs is that, for Pattinson, music is more than the sum of its parts; it’s a vehicle to explore the human condition, with lyrics guiding the way.
Pattinson’s Music Career In Film And Television
In addition to his work in music, Pattinson has a film and television career spanning more than a decade. He made his name playing lead guitar in the band, the Vaccines, whose music video for the track ‘A Million Miles’ became a viral hit in 2010. In 2013, Pattinson won an award for Best Performance in a Comedy Series for his work on the HBO series, The League. He also won the Silver Clef Award for Most Promising Newcomer at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards. Most recently, he played the lead in the 2016 film, The Lost City, and appeared in the first season of the Amazon series, Grizzly Tales for Gruesome Kids, which premiered in February this year.
It would be a mistake, however, to see Pattinson’s music and acting careers as separate entities. The singer-songwriter is always present in his work, with lyrics often serving as an important facet of the narrative. Similarly, The League featured a series of raucous rock n roll songs, including a Grizzly Tales episode entitled ‘Bad Hair Day’, which was entirely sung and performed by Pattinson. His love for music runs deep and his artistry is unrivaled, so there is no doubting that his versatility and talent are going to serve him well for the rest of his career.