Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds are back! And what a welcome return. One of the finest lyricists of the modern day has returned with the rather colloquially titled ‘We No Who U R’. It’s dark, atmospheric and has Nick Cave stamped all over it. He’s back.
Here’s the full press release:
We No Who U R is the first track to be taken from the upcoming Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds album Push the Sky Away [February 2013]. 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 Nick’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 album’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 “whether they’re true or not”. 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 what’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.
We No Who U R sets this album in our time; we’re living with the consequences of actions and innovations that seemed so progressive in the industrial era. There’s a calm assessment of the gravity of the situation, and humility. This whole album has a generosity of spirit that’s established here by a children’s choir singing “we know there’s no need to forgive.”
We No Who U R is available from 3rd December. The track comes as a download with every pre-order album purchase via nickcave.com or iTunes. We No Who U R will also be available as a single download from all digital retailers.
Push the Sky Away, the fifteenth studio album by Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds will be released in February 2013 on CD/ Ltd CD-DVD / Vinyl / Digital.
Bad Seed Ltd.
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Nick Cave – Vocals, piano, Rhodes, backing vocals
Warren Ellis – Violin, viola, flute, tenor guitar, synthesizer, loops, Rhodes, backing vocals
Martyn Casey – Bass
Thomas Wydler – Drums
Jim Sclavunos – Percussion
Conway Savage – Vocals
“One of the pleasures of remixing is seeing how other people construct their music. Re-arranging the bricks in The Horrors wall of sound was a particular joy.” Andrew Weatherall
The Horrors release a very special, limited edition, deluxe boxed set of the singles and videos from Skying, available digitally on December 3rd followed by a physical release in March 2013. The set includes covers, reworkings and remixes from Andrew Weatherall, Seahawks, Connan Mockasin and more.
“We were driving through the deserts of California when we hatched the plan to release a boxed set of the singles from Skying, unaware that it would balloon into the monster that it did. We started off small, just one version per single. However, through chance encounters and wanting to involve more people whose music excited us, the box soon grew into an impressive collection of sonic tapestries and hypnotic grooves and it became apparent that this was no longer about the singles. It was now about this new music which had used the different elements of Skying as a springboard to other ideas. We encouraged everyone involved to be as obtuse as possible, to get as far away from the original source material as they could. The results are stunning, and I think it’s just a shame we couldn’t have done more.”
Tom Furse, The Horrors
The box set features an eclectic collection of musicians, DJs and producers from widely contrasting genres but all fans and friends of The Horrors:- Connan Mockasin, Seahawks, Andrew Weatherall, Blanck Mass, Peaking Lights, Cherrystones, Chris Watson, Daniel Avery, JTC and Andy Blake.
“It was an honour to create these remixes and they’re probably the most enjoyable we’ve ever done. Having parts from the entire album to work with was an amazing luxury. To choose from the myriad sounds that spilled out from the folders was like walking into a psychedelic sweet shop with all the flavours of the universe on display.” –Pete Fowler, Seahawks
Amongst the collection’s many diverse interpretations is Chris Watson’s reworking of ‘Dive In’. Watson, one of the world’s leadingsound recorders of wildlife and natural phenomena and founder of post punk outfit Cabaret Voltaire, describes the field recordings he included in his intriguing mix:
“I used Weddell seals singing at the intro recorded under the Antartic sea ice. The rhythms of the Humbolt current around the Galapagos Islands recorded with DPA hydrophones. Singing grey seals recorded out on the Farne Islands, Northumberland and the processed voices of Orca, killer whales, recorded in the sea of Norway.”
The images that make up the cover and boxed set package were created by celebrated young artist Leif Podhajsky who has previously artworked releases by Lykke Li, Tame Impala and Grimes.
Full track listing and artist collaboration information overleaf.
Digital release 03/12/12
Physical release March, 2013
The Horrors are currently in the studio working on the follow-up to Skying.
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Limited Edition Boxed Set
12″ Vinyl One
A1. Still Life
A2. Still Life (Connan Mockasin Remix)
B1. Still Life (Still Living Still Giving Cherrystones Remix)
B2. Dive In (The Pressure Ridges) – Chris Watson Remix
12″ Vinyl Two
A1. I Can See Through You
A2. Monica Gems (Daniel Avery Remix)
B1. I Can See Through You (Blanck Mass Remix)
12″ Vinyl Three
A1. Changing The Rain
A2. You Said (Peaking Lights Dub U Mix)
B1. Comes In Waves (Seahawks Skying Suite)
12″ Vinyl Four
A1. Moving Further Away (Andrew Weatherall Remix)
B1. Moving Further Away (Andy Blake World Unknown Mix)
1. I Can See Through You (Blanck Mass Remix)
2. Monica Gems (Daniel Avery Remix)
3. Still Life (Connan Mockasin Remix)
4. You Said (Peaking Lights Dub U Mix)
5. Still Life (Still Living Still Giving Cherrystones Remix)
6. Moving Further Away (Andrew Weatherall Remix)
1. Comes In Waves (Seahawks Skying Suite)
2. Moving Further Away (Andy Blake World Unknown Mix)
3. Dive In (The Pressure Ridges)
4. You Said (JTC Remix)
5. Wild Eyed (Andrew Weatherall Remix)
6. Moving Into Blue (Seahawks Skying Suite)
Still Life Video (Directed by Oliver Murray)
I Can See Through You (Directed by White Rabbit)
Changing The Rain (Directed by Pete Fowler)
About the Artists
Connan Mockasin has a deliciously off-kilter and gloriously idiosyncratic worldview. His ingenious approach to invention and a unique charm caught the attention of Erol Alkan, who signed Connan to his label Phantasy. Connan is most known for his eccentricity, his miasma of psychedelic tangents, jazz interludes and echoing guitars.
Cherrystones is the sound of psychedelia-soundtracks-folk-rock-prog-noise-moog-AND-library-records. Music that takes its inspiration from rock n roll and applied in a hip-hop context. For the last two years he has been amassing the choicest cuts that could very possibly put Madlib to shame.
Chris Watson (The Pressure Ridges)
Watson is one of the world’s leading recorders of wildlife and natural phenomena, he edits his field recordings into a filmic narrative. The unearthly groaning of ice in an Icelandic glacier is a classic example of, in Watson’s words, putting a microphone where you can’t put your ears. His works ‘Weather Report’ was named in The Guardian’s 1000 Albums to Hear Before You Die List. He is previously known for forming post punk outfit Cabaret Voltaire.
While Daniel Avery may be better known for his residency behind the decks at London institution fabric, he is fast rising as a respected producer. His induction into the fabriclive mix series provides compelling evidence of this, a dizzy trip that highlights Avery’s skill as both a curator and a creator of some of the most inventive and forward thinking electronic sounds emerging today.
Blanck Mass is Benjamin John Power, a young musician in thrall to Carl Sagan, Ennio Morricone and the infinity of nature. His work is themed around complexity of the natural world. The debut album ‘Blanck Mass’ was produced at home in London 2010 featuring a collection of warm analogue synths, heavy sub and deep drones.
Seahawks were formed by Jon Tye & Pete Fowler back in 2009. Spurred on by their love of Yacht Rock and Cosmic Synth they somehow fused the two, resulting in a series of now super rare 12’s compiled on the Ocean Trippin CD. They remixed Badly Drawn Boy and Born Blonde, before releasing the ‘Another Summer With Seahawks’ collection and a 7” featuring pop sensation Autre Ne Veut. ‘Invisible Sunrise’ followed in 2011 along with lots more remixes.
Andrew Weatherall’s extraordinary twenty-five year career in music has been characterized by a series of unique partnerships. He has released nineteen albums, thirty or so EPs and singles plus more than two hundred and fifty remixes.
Founded the legendary Dissident label famous for releasing analogue oddities on quality vinyl pressings from emerging as well as established artists. Now sadly defunct, Blake continues pushing music boundaries as a dj remixer.
Tadd Mullinix makes spaced-out house tracks as JTC (James T Cotton), one of his many guises devoted to a specific production style. This particular alias debuted in 2001 on Ghostly International with the “Mind Your Manners” single. He has since appeared on Ghostly’s State of the Union compilation and released another 4 EPs and album titles ‘Like No One’ in 2008.
ADELE’S “SKYFALL”, OFFICIAL THEME SONG TO LATEST JAMES BOND 007 FEATURE SKYFALL™, PREMIERES AT 0:07 BST VIA HOME.ADELE.TV OCTOBER 5th
“SKYFALL” RELEASE TO COINCIDE WITH 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF JAMES BOND 007
AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER GLOBALLY ON iTUNES TODAY
(October 1, 2012; XL Recordings, London) – Adele will premiere her latest recording “Skyfall,” the official theme song to the upcoming 007 adventure of the same name, globally via her official site (http://home.adele.tv) on Friday October 5th at 0:07 BST/London time, and the track will be available to purchase as a download immediately after this premiere. It is available for pre-order at iTunes starting today (http://smarturl.it/AdeleSkyfall). October 5th marks the 50th anniversary of the release of Dr. No, and thus the James Bond film franchise, and will be celebrated as Global James Bond Day.
After reading the script for the film, Adele enlisted Paul Epworth to co-write and produce the theme song to “Skyfall™.” Adele admits, “I was a little hesitant at first to be involved with the theme song for Skyfall. There’s a lot of instant spotlight and pressure when it comes to a Bond song. But I fell in love with the script and Paul had some great ideas for the track and it ended up being a bit of a no brainer to do it in the end. It was also a lot of fun writing to a brief, something I’ve never done, which made it exciting. When we recorded the strings it was one of the proudest moments of my life. I’ll be back combing my hair when I’m 60 telling people I was a Bond girl back in the day I’m sure!” Recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London, “Skyfall” features the lush accompaniment of a 77-piece orchestra.
“Skyfall” is the first recording by Adele since releasing her massively successful album 21 in early 2011. To date 21 has sold over 24 million albums worldwide and garnered Adele 6 Grammy Awards, 2 BRIT Awards and 2 Ivor Novello Awards.
“Skyfall” the movie will be released on October 26, 2012 in the UK and on November 9, 2012 in the U.S.
Daniel Craig is back as Ian Fleming’s James Bond 007 inSKYFALL™, the 23rd adventure in the longest-running film franchise of all time. In SKYFALL, Bond’s loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost. The film is from Albert R. Broccoli’s EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, and Sony Pictures Entertainment. Directed by Sam Mendes. Produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli. Written by Neal Purvis & Robert Wade and John Logan.
Following an incredible, packed-out show in Paris last week alongside French television and radio appearances, Eugene McGuinness has returned to the UK and announced plans for a mini tour this November, ending at London’s prestigious 100 Club. Full tour details can be found below.
Released in August, Eugene’s album ‘The Invitation to the Voyage’ was preceded by the fast-paced, jerky brilliance of singles ‘Lion’ and ‘Shotgun’. Blending his strong and unique lyricism with powerful pop melodies, ‘The Invitation…’ saw McGuinness take his song writing up another notch without losing grasp of what makes him a distinctive artist: his contemporary, surreal and fantastical view of modern life.
Live, the album evolves into something both melodic and chaotic. Eugene and his band allow ‘The Invitation to the Voyage’ to take on a different persona, opening doors to a side of the album the casual listener may initially miss.
To read our review of ‘Invitation To The Voyage’ click HERE
Watch the video for Eugene’s most recent single ‘Harlequinade’ HERE
Full Eugene McGuinness tour dates are as follows:
4th October – Hammersmith Apollo, London (supporting The Temper Trap)
11th November – Academy 2, Liverpool
12th November – The Leadmill, Sheffield
13th November – Exchange, Bristol
14th November – 100 Club, London
Cover photo credit: Dean Rogers
Crushing Blows are a two-piece, noise pop band from Derbyshire who have drawn comparisons to Battles, Broken Social Scene and Arcade Fire. Despite their broad influences (My Bloody Valentine, Talking Heads, Neil Young, Pixies) the band have a developed a sound that is both extremely distinctive and exceptional.
Since forming in 2010, Crushing Blows have been championed by Tom Robinson, Steve Lamacq and Huw Stephens (who put them on at The Social) and had airplay from BBC 6 Music, Radio 1 & BBC Introducing. They have also played festivalssuch as Y Not, T in the Park & Liverpool Sound City and supported Cerebal Ballzy, D/R/U/G/S & The Xcerts to name but a few.
The new EP is due for release on 12th November through the band’s own label, Super Heavy Weight Records. It was recorded and mixed by Jim Cork (Crash of Rhinos) and the title track was made ‘Track of the Week’ by Simon Raymonde (Bella Union) on his Amazing Radio show.
We’ll have a full review of the EP this week!
Crushing Blows are; Andrew Foster – Drums / Vocals / Keyboard and Chris Jones – Guitar / Vocals.
Fri 19th October – Swn Festival, Cardiff
Sat 20th Oct – Carefully Planned Festival, Manchester (Matinee show)
Sat 20th October – The Shipping Forecast, Liverpool w/ Bear Cavalry
Sun 21st October – The Library, Leeds w/ Metz
Mon 22nd October – TBC
Tues 23rd October – The Old Blue Last, London w/ Bear Cavalry
Wed 24th October – The Firebug, Leicester
Thurs 25th October – JT Soar, Nottingham
Fri 26th Oct – TBC
Sat 27th October – The Cavern, Exeter
1. The People You Will Never Meet
2. I Dream of Becoming A Girl
3. Love is Dangerous
4. No Halcyon