Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds announce new album exploring grief and loss

Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds have announced a surprise new album and documentary film exploring tragedy and loss.

The album, Skeleton Tree, follows 2013´s chart-topping Push The Sky Away and will be released on September 9 - the day after accompanying documentary One More Time With Feeling is shown in 650 cinemas around the world.

Nick Cave
Nick Cave (Joel Ryan/Invision)

The album and film are likely to touch on heart-rending issues, after Nick's 15-year-old son Arthur died when he fell from a cliff near Brighton in July 2015, midway through the making of Skeleton Tree.

The special film project, directed by Andrew Dominik, will feature a live performance of the album, "interwoven with interviews and footage and accompanied by Cave's intermittent narration and improvised rumination".

One More Time With Feeling had already been commissioned before the tragedy, but the film "evolved into something much more significant as Dominik delved into the tragic backdrop of the writing and recording of the album", according to Nick's representative.

The film is set to be "stark, fragile and raw, and a true testament to an artist trying to find his way through the darkness."

At Arthur's inquest, the coroner noted that the family described him as "a bright, shiny, funny, complex boy and we loved him deeply".

Nick Cave's son Arthur
Nick Cave's son Arthur (Family handout/Sussex Police)

In 2014, Nick and his wife appeared alongside Arthur and his twin brother Earl in 20,000 Days On Earth, a film telling the story of a fictitious 24 hours in the singer's life.

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