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Saturday 16 November 2019
Mega Platen & CD Beurs (9:00 tot 17:00 uur), Jaarbeurs, Utrecht (Standnummer 277)
|Artiest||Cave, Nick & The Bad Seeds|
|Genre||Pop/Soft Rock/West Coast|
|Omschrijving||Ghosteen is the 2019 studio album by rock band Nick
Cave and the Bad Seeds.
It is a double album and contains eleven tracks.
The first part of the album features eight songs,
which Nick Cave describes as "the children"; the
second part of the album contains two longer songs
and a spoken-word track, which he describes as
"their parents". In summarising Ghosteen, Cave
referred to the album both as "a migrating spirit"
and the final part of a trilogy of albums the band
began with Push the Sky Away (2013), which also
includes Skeleton Tree.
Anyone seeking a more prosaic description of
Ghosteen’s contents might note that, sonically, it
continues and extends the weightless, drifting
style of its two predecessors. It’s not entirely
clear how Bad Seeds drummer Thomas Wydler passed
his time in the studio, given that there are almost
no rhythms. Warren Ellis’s tape loops and
electronics are replaced by warm analogue
synthesiser that gives the music a slightly proggy
feeling. Indeed, Ghosteen occasionally feels like a
warmer, sweeter follow-up of 2016’s Skeleton Tree.
While that album forced its most beautiful melodies
through minefields of explosive noise and eerie,
discordant soundscapes and Cave singing in an
alarmingly parched, numb voice – here the songs are
bolstered by soft, pillowy harmonies and stately
piano. Cave’s voice, meanwhile, sounds rich.
Ghosteen is a masterpiece of melancholy. |