Nick Cave certainly knows his way around an evocative phrase. “If I were to use that threadbare metaphor of albums being like children, then Push The Sky Away is the ghost-baby in the incubator,” he says.
This is, quite staggeringly, the 15th Bad Seeds record. Recorded in France and produced by Nick Launay (who produced the last three Bad Seeds records, not to mention the Grinderman albums), it is apparently the product of much Wikipedia-surfing and not a little Googling. Perhaps this is the reason why Cave told the Guardian’s Simon Hattenstone to “just Google it” whenever he asked him a question when they met back in 2008.
Push The Sky Away is a world away from Grinderman’s brutal sound. Instead it finds the Bad Seeds in stately mode, and contains some of their most beautiful melodies to date.