Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds have just announced the release of new album, Skeleton Tree, slated for 9th September this year. The sixteenth studio release from the legendary outfit will be available on vinyl, CD and across all digital platforms, following up on the Bad Seeds’ most critically and commercially successful release of recent times, Push the Sky Away (2013).
Skeleton Tree began its journey in late 2014 at Retreat Studios, Brighton, with further sessions at La Frette Studios, France in autumn 2015. The album was mixed at AIR Studios, London in early 2016.
Cave has been an innovator his entire career, and the approach taken to this release proves no different, with a film event coinciding with the new album. In fact, the first opportunity anyone will have to hear any of the songs from the record will be to watch One More Time With Feeling, directed by Andrew Dominik (Chopper, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Killing Them Softly). The film will screen in more than 650 cinemas across the world on 8th September 2016, immediately prior to the release of Skeleton Tree the following day.
Originally a performance based concept, One More Time With Feeling evolved into something much more significant as Dominik delved into the tragic backdrop of the writing and recording of the album. Interwoven throughout the Bad Seeds’filmed performance of the new album are interviews and footage shot by Dominik, accompanied by Cave’s intermittent narration and improvised rumination.
Filmed in black-and-white and colour, in both 3D and 2D, the result is stark, fragile and raw, and a true testament to an artist trying to find his way through the darkness.
Album pre-orders and cinema tickets: nickcave.com
Photo supplied with credit to Kerry Brown.