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.
Stakes. Character. Exciting action. Boom. For a few minutes, one of the guys who directed John Wick, David Leitch, took full command of his movie. It was beautiful if brief, and the only thing about Atomic Blonde worth remembering.
The Blue Room Theatre's An Almost Perfect Thing is an almost perfect combination of plot driven mind folly and uncannily human characterisation. If you’re ready to teeter on the edge of your seat with the insatiable hunger of suspense, now is your time.
Valerian: City of a Thousand Planets (hereafter Valerian) is a technically proficient movie with a plot you can't care much about.
Hot damn. The shortest episode in GoT history is also easily one of the most epic, rivalling Hardhome and the Battle of the Bastards in terms of pure fantasy spectacle. Howie and Rhys break down the latest Game of Thrones episode, “The Spoils of War”.
Bell Shakespeare have managed to deliver a sensitive, engrossing and downright funny adaptation of this oft-controversial play.
There was many a time that I literally jumped in my seat, gripping the arm rests – yes, it was that good. Be prepared to see a play of harsh, confronting truth; one that may leave you shaken and emotionally drained.
On the latest Spoiler Nation podcast, we had a lot of fun sinking our teeth into the subtle and big moments of this week's Game of Thrones episode, The Queen's Justice: Ice and Fire are brought together for the first time, revenge is a dish most poetically served with drops of poison, and Bran acts like a damn creepy weirdo.
A close-knitted, meditative night of somber but beautifully thought-provoking music left the audience with answers to questions they did not know exist, while providing a basis for what sorrowful folk music should sound like.
On a freezing Saturday night, POW! Negro warmed the hearts and bodies of the packed Rosemount Hotel with their intense live set, proving exactly why they are one of the hottest bands out of Perth right now.
An intimate night with a rising star in the Australian music scene.