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NEW ALBUM: NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS 'PUSH THE SKY AWAY' - OUT FEB 2013
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds release their fifteenth studio album PUSH THE SKY AWAY on 18 February 2013
â€śWell, if I were to use that threadbare metaphor of albums being like children, then Push The Sky Away is the ghost-baby in the incubator and Warrenâ€™s loops are its tiny, trembling heart-beat.â€ť
Â Nick Cave
At the heart of Push the Sky Away is a naturalism and warmth that makes it the most subtly beautiful of all the Bad Seeds albums. The contemporary settings of myths, and the cultural references that have time-stamped Nickâ€™s songs of the twenty-first century mist lightly through details drawn from the life he observed around his seaside home, through the tall windows on the albumâ€™s mysterious and ambiguous cover.
The songs on this album took form in a modest notebook with shellac covers over the course of almost a year. The notebook is a treasured analogue artefact but the internet is equally important to Nick: Googling curiosities, being entranced by exotic Wikipedia entries â€śwhether theyâ€™re true or notâ€ť. These songs convey how on the internet profoundly significant events, momentary fads and mystically-tinged absurdities sit side-by-side and question how we might recognise and assign weight to whatâ€™s genuinely important.
Push the Sky Away was produced by Nick Launay and recorded at La Fabrique, a recording studio based in a 19th Century mansion in the South of France, where the walls of the main studio are lined with an immense collection of classical vinyl.
â€śI enter the studio with a handful of ideas, unformed and pupal; itâ€™s the Bad Seeds that transform them into things of wonder. Ask anyone who has seen them at work. They are unlike any other band on earth for pure, instinctive inventiveness.â€ť
On this album itâ€™s not always apparent what instruments the band is playing: they may be traditional musical instruments but other sounds are clearly generated by objects unrelated to musical instruments. Whatâ€™s being created is a collective musical language thatâ€™s rich and complex.
Push the Sky Away has a clarity and sweet strangeness thatâ€™s built upon the refusal to accept limitations, whether they be the traditional uses and sounds of musical instruments, lyric styles, or diminished spiritual horizons.
â€śI donâ€™t know, this record just seems new, you know, but new in an old school kind of wayâ€ťÂ
Track one â€śWe No Who U Râ€ťÂ is Â available Â from 3 December as a download with every pre-order album purchase via nickcave.com or iTunes.
The track will also be available as a single download from all digital retailers.
Watch the trailer
- We No Who U R
- Wide Lovely Eyes
- Waterâ€™s Edge
- Jubilee Street
- We Real Cool
- Finishing Jubilee Street
- Higgs Boson Blues
- Push The Sky Away