Push The Sky Away

Nick Cave, The Bad Seeds

Push The Sky Away
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Push The Sky Away

Nick Cave, The Bad Seeds

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. The album has a clarity and sweet strangeness that’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.

This the standard CD - Jewel case, 12 page booklet, single CD.

Track Listing:

 

  1. We No Who U R
  2. Wide Lovely Eyes
  3. Waters Edge
  4. Jubilee Street
  5. Mermaids
  6. We Real Cool
  7. Finishing Jubilee Street
  8. Higgs Boson Blues
  9. Push The Sky Away

 

Review

Too busy gallivanting around the literary and film industries of late, Nick Cave has finally returned with his first Bad Seeds album in five years. The lead track, ‘We No Who U R’, reveals the internet’s influence on the record, with its lyrics inspired by hacktivist groups like Anonymous and others. It’s a song smoothly understated yet with a plucky piano rhythm and wavering background violin that quietly hooks you in.

Always someone to throw his dice on the table and see which genre it lands on, from grunge to delicate ballads to the bloodiest of grimy rock, it’ll be a fine afternoon when you can put this on and see where it takes you. In the album’s trailer, Bad Seed Warren Ellis declares, ‘It’s really cool’, and we can only assume he’s completely right.


Fiona Hardy sells books and talks too much to customers at Readings Carlton, and puts together Dead Write for the Readings Monthly. She blogs haphazardly about movies and books (and sometimes music) and you can follow her on twitter - @readwatchtweet.

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