Published Jun 02, 2016Nick Cave has been writing all sorts of odd books and novels, as well as serving as the subject of a graphic novel, documentary and even a toy, but he's ready to step back into the spotlight for making music with the Bad Seeds once again. Following news that an album would be premiered at a film screening this September, the singer and his band have detailed plans for the brand new LP.
Titled Skeleton Tree, the record will be officially released on CD, vinyl and digitally on September 9, the day after its theatrical debut. The accompanying performance film was directed by Andrew Dominik and is billed as One More Time with Feeling. The band are not expected to preface the screenings with any singles or audio teasers, allowing the film to serve as a true debut of the new material.
A press release offers the following description of the upcoming musical film project:
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.
Work on the new record began in 2014 at Retreat Studios in Brighton, with additional sessions taking place at La Frette Studios in France in fall 2015.
Tickets for the film screenings are available here, though attendance will require a trip to the UK. The audio album, meanwhile, can be pre-ordered here.
Skeleton Tree will mark the group's first studio album since 2013's Push the Sky Away.