I admit I had mixed feelings when I heard of the upcoming release of Nick Cave and the Bad Seed's 16th studio album, 'The Skeleton Tree', on September 9 this year. Thrilled, yes (the Bad Seeds is one of my very favourite bands), but trepidation, sadness and a heaviness knowing that while they were creating this album, Nick Cave's son, Arthur, died.
The title is ominous enough, but knowing Nick Cave's immense talent as a songwriter, I can only imagine this album will be a shot to the heart, and incredibly significant. So, like many Bad Seed's fans, I know what i'll be listening to on Sept 9.
A film directed by Andrew Dominik, 'One More Time With Feeling', delving into the making of the album, will also be released the day before the album comes out.