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Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds announce new album 'Skeleton Tree'

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Bleddyn Butcher

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds have announced their 16th studio album, Skeleton Tree. Due out September 9, the record follows 2013’s Push the Sky Away. The songs on the album will debut a day earlier, when Andrew Dominik’s film One More Time With Feeling — about Skeleton Tree‘s recording sessions — screens in more than 650 cinemas worldwide.

Recorded in late 2014 in Brighton, England and in fall 2015 outside of Paris, some of the Skeleton Tree sessions occurred after Cave’s 15-year-old son Arthur Cave died after a cliff fall last summer. “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,” read a press release announcing both projects.

Cave has a longstanding affinity for the silver screen. He was the subject of the 2014 documentary 20,000 Days on Earth and co-wrote the soundtrack for Far From Men with fellow Bad Seed Warren Ellis that same year. “I have a love of cinema,” Cave told EW at the time. “I have a love of watching movies. I have a lot of favorite films. But I’ve always just loved to sit and watch movies. I’ve done it all my life, and I’ve watched millions of films. But really I had no interest in getting into the film world particularly.”

Since the last Bad Seeds album and his recent forays into film, Cave published The Sick Bag Song in 2015, a memoir composed of handwritten notes he drafted on airplane sick bags during his 2014 North American tour.

Pre-order information for the album and tickets for screenings of One More Time With Feeling are available at Cave’s website.

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