Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds have confirmed details of an upcoming North American tour in support of Push the Sky Away, the fifteenth studio album by Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, to be released in February 19, 2013 by Bad Seed Ltd. on CD, vinyl, digital download and as a deluxe edition.
"We No Who U R." the first track to be released from Push the Sky Away. 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√¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢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√¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢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 √¢‚Ç¨≈ìwhether they√¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢re true or not√¢‚Ç¨¬ù. 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 recognize and assign weight to what√¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢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√¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢re living with the consequences of actions and innovations that seemed so progressive in the industrial era. There√¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢s a calm assessment of the gravity of the situation, and humility. This whole album has a generosity of spirit that√¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢s established here by a children√¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢s choir singing √¢‚Ç¨≈ìwe know there√¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢s no need to forgive.√¢‚Ç¨¬ù