So basically this album is every bit as harrowing and melancholy as you would expect it to be. As the tremendous singer-songwriter-storyteller that he is, Nick Cave on his new album Skeleton Tree uses his plethora of sonic tools to paint a sorrowful picture with deep running concerns in loss and grief.
Having tragically lost his son little over a year ago, with only part of this album in creation at the time, this album displays the shattering effect and resonations such an event has had. One need look no further than the song “I Need You”, in which the emotion in Cage’s voice is near palpable, and definitely heartrending.
Focusing more on the instrumentation, everything feels expansive and yet somewhat vacant. With synths eerily sound-scaping the terrain onto which Cave often seems to simply wander atop, with delicate and often surreal worlds being wounded into its surface.
With death being so constantly close in Nick Cave’s discography, its rare to find it so ever-present without it being used as a dramatic or metaphoric device so often employed in his stories.
An experience not to be delved into lightly, and with this incredible new album, this year is shaping up to be one in which flirtations with death are abandoned for sheer confrontation.
Fresh from supporting the one and only Harry Styles, Melbourne pop rock band The Preatures are headed to Chevron Festival Gardens this February to play with the inimitable Abbe May.
It was an absolute honour to interview Jay Laga’aia – a familiar face on Australian TV as well as numerous musicals. We discussed his thoughts on Peter Pan Goes Wrong, his previous work and what’s to come in the future.
Melbourne comedy duo Barney Pollock and Matt Young take you aboard an otherworldly train ride to Paradise, a colourful absurdist romp through the realm of desire and validation. We chat with them ahead of their upcoming show at Fringe World, showing from 12th - 16th of February 2019.
We chatted to Backyard Theatre Collective to get all the details about their show, dance tastes, creative process and of course, snack choices.