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Filmmaker Andrew Dominik explains how he worked with singer in wake of the death of the Bad Seeds band leader’s son NicK Cave have shared the official video for “Steve McQueen,” a spoken word piece featured in the documentary “One More Time With Feeling” but left off the accompanying LP Skeleton Tree .

The black-and-white clip from the harrowing Andrew Dominik-directed film shows Cave and his Bad Seeds rehearsing the Skeleton Tree track “Girl in Amber” while the singer recites his foreboding poem in voice over.

“I’m a housefly called ‘God,’ and I don’t give a fuck/ Here I come up the elevator, 60 floors, hoping I don’t get stuck/ And everyone out here does mean, and everyone out here does pain/ But someone’s got to sing new stars, and someone’s got to sing the rain,” Cave says. “I’m the atomizer, I’m the vaporizer, I turn everything to crud/ I like it here in your flesh and blood.”

One More Time With Feeling arrived on DVD, Blu-ray and 3-D Blu-ray today. On May 5th, Cave and the Bad Seeds will release the box set “Lovely Creatures” , a 3CD/1DVD collection that culls the band’s greatest hits and fan favorites from 1984 to 2014.

One More Time Feeling is a feature film about the making of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds’ acclaimed Skeleton Tree directed by Andrew Dominik (Chopper, The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford). Visually unique, One More Time With Feeling is a stark, fragile and raw documentary. Shot in 3D, color and black & white, the film probes the deeply personal circumstances surrounding the making of Skeleton Tree (the band’s 16th studio album) and features interviews and live performances by the band in the studio, along with interjected voice-over commentary by Nick Cave. This double-disc release features three exclusive short films from Andrew Dominik.

Skeleton Tree

Though some of the music on Skeleton Tree predates the tragic death of Nick Cave’s 15-year-old son last year, that event inevitably hangs over and defines the album. Over eight songs, Cave crafts a harrowing, raw portrait of the span and directions of that kind of grief: There is the gaping dread of “Jesus Alone” and “Anthrocene,” there are somber meditations in “I Need You” and “Skeleton Tree,” occasionally gesturing at the possibility of hope. To call the album “haunting” almost minimizes it. There’s a gravity here beyond your average piece of pop music; even in a year as full of death as 2016, you can’t slot this into a narrative. Skeleton Tree is an intimate glimpse at an unimaginable chapter in a person’s life, made all the more powerful for its depiction of how they are trying to process it and continue living after the fact.

Some albums are hard to distance from the events surrounding them. With Skeleton Tree, it’s impossible to overlook the tragic death of Nick Cave’s son midway through the recording process.

It would be inaccurate to say that this is an album about 17-year-old Arthur, as most of it was written before he tragically fell from a cliff in Brighton, but it’s such a major event that it’s hard not to think about it through every note of these eight tracks. Cave’s work is dark and morbid at the best of times, and perhaps there’s an element of “seek and ye shall find” in finding prophecy in his latest work, but it’s particularly chilling that the first line of the album is “you fell from the sky”, and one of the last is “I called out right across the sky”.

The album is beautifully stripped-down and tender, with highlights including the funereal ‘Girl In Amber’, and the ghostly humming and scratchy drumming of ‘Anthrocene’. ‘I Need You’ perhaps hit me hardest of all the songs on the album, where Cave sounds a helpless, broken man as he repeats simple, almost childlike words like “nothing really matters” and “I’ll miss you when you’re gone”.

It’s an absolutely gripping and essential listen, if not always a comfortable one. For Cave to have finished this album at all is a huge credit to him. For him to channel his grief into possibly the best work I’ve ever heard from him is really something else.

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Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds have shared a new music video for “Magneto” from their recent album “Skeleton Tree”.

The clip, which you can watch below, is taken from Andrew Dominick’s accompanying film One More Time With Feeling.

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds recently confirmed a tour of Australia and New Zealand for January of next year. They will then play North American dates during May and June. One More Time With Feeling returns to cinemas 1st December,

 

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds have premiered the heart-wrenching video for “I Need You”, coinciding with the September 9th release of their 16th studio album Skeleton Tree, along with the accompanying film One More Time With Feeling which premiered on the 8th September at various cinemas around the UK.

This follows the release of the  previous Jesus Alone—a song seemingly about despair, but in the case of I Need You, Nick Cave rather than sing…more so weeps the song—as his piano playing is accented by the synth organ dirge emanating from long time collaborator Warren Ellis’s lap. This video is hard to watch, given the emotion is a raw and authentic catharsis, emphasizing Cave’s loss of his son Arthur during the album’s production.

This is truly a song in which to weep.

‘Skeleton Tree’, the new album

On Friday, Nick Cave and his Bad Seeds will release their new album Skeleton Tree, and other than the soul-wrecking first single “Jesus Alone,” I haven’t heard anything from it yet. Nobody has. Cave’s label has sent out no advances, which means music critics like me are tingling with anticipation just like everybody else. This is Cave’s first album since his son fell off a cliff and died last year. Cave is an artist with a long, storied history of staring deeply into the darkest parts of the human experience, of drinking that darkness in and spitting it back out all over us. The fact that he’s back to recording music so soon after such a life-reshaping personal catastrophe is a miraculous testament to his own strength. Even before hearing the album, I can feel the weight of its presence. It’s out there, waiting. And in a few days, it will be stomping all over my soul. But now, there is a chance, however slight, that Skeleton Tree will not be the best Nick Cave album that comes out on Friday.

The official video for ‘Jesus Alone’, taken from new album, ‘Skeleton Tree’, and feature film, ‘One More Time With Feeling’.