AND THE BAD SEEDS
VINYL AND CD OUT NOW
European and UK Tour On Sale Now
Buy the album on CD and vinyl here
Ghosteen, the new two part album from Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, is out now on double vinyl, double CD and across all digital platforms. Order now here.
Ghosteen premiered globally in full on YouTube on October 3rd 2019, accompanied by a video revealing words and lyrics in a beautiful, ethereal cloudscape that shifted in color and made subtle references to each song, watch here.
Listening sessions took place simultaneously in independent record shops across the world, with fans gathering to experience the music together.
The news of the album was first revealed by Nick Cave on The Red Hand Files in direct response to a question from a fan.
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds have also announced a 33 date European and UK Tour for 2020, starting in Lisbon on April 23rd, the tour will visit 19 countries, including 7 dates in the UK.
1 Spinning Song 4:44
2 Bright Horses 4:53
3 Waiting for You 3:55
4 Night Raid 5:08
5 Sun Forest 6:48
6 Galleon Ship 4:15
7 Ghosteen Speaks 4:03
8 Leviathan 4:48
1 Ghosteen 12:11
2 Fireflies 3:23
3 Hollywood 14:13
‘The songs on the first album are the children.
The songs on the second album are their parents.
Ghosteen is a migrating spirit.’
The album was recorded in 2018 and early 2019 at Woodshed in Malibu, Nightbird in Los Angeles, Retreat in Brighton and Candybomber in Berlin. It was mixed by Nick Cave, Warren Ellis, Lance Powell and Andrew Dominik at Conway in Los Angeles. Cover painting by Tom duBois.
Nick Cave – vocals, piano, synthesizer, backing vocal
Warren Ellis – synthesizer, loops, flute, violin, piano, backing vocals
Thomas Wydler – drums
Martyn Casey – bass
Jim Sclavunos – vibraphone, percussion
George Vjestica – guitar
Ghosteen is the seventeenth studio album from Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, following 2016’s Skeleton Tree, and is released via Ghosteen Ltd.
“(4.5 stars) One of the most moving albums of his career… Ghosteen is a masterpiece of melancholy”—ROLLING STONE
“Some music sets out to conjure eternities. Extended drones, chantlike repeating phrases, tolling chords, spacious reverberation: Those are meditative sounds, defying fracture or interruption, tuning out the momentary and the trivial, invoking concentration, absorption, ritual and rapture. It’s the kind of music Nick Cave has chosen for Ghosteen, his 17th studio album leading the Bad Seeds.” —THE NEW YORK TIMES
“Best New Music (8.8) One of his most powerful albums yet, an endlessly giving and complex meditation on mortality and our collective grief… you don’t need to be an expert in Cave’s wider cosmology to be swept inside of Ghosteen, to be devastated by its despair and lifted higher by its humanity. You only need the ability to suffer and the desire to survive.” —PITCHFORK
“This is the sound not of Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds pushing against the heavens or crash-landing in the attempt, but floating in the stratosphere themselves… Ghosteen is another major achievement in one of the most remarkable late-career stretches anyone’s ever had… the best version of him as an artist. As a writer, he is concluding this decade at the height of his powers.” —STEREOGUM
“What Cave sends us from this new place is remarkable. Ghosteen is both his most solitary recording since 2001’s No More Shall We Part and impossible to imagine without the contributions of The Bad Seeds. Long one of rock’s most versatile and visceral bands, here they’re tasked with wrapping swirls of atmospheric sound—braids of synth, vibraphones that echo from a mile away—around Cave’s elegant piano playing. He sounds simultaneously alone at the edge of the world and surrounded by benevolent spirits, a fittingly biblical cloud of witnesses who haven’t seen the power of God so much as they’ve moved through the fallout of their own atomic blasts; theirs is a communion of radiation.” —AV CLUB
“A dream world filled with prancing fire horses, stairways to heaven, and ghastly specters traveling down rain-glossed streets. Each line evokes poetic scenes with a vibrancy to rival the best of literature”—CONSEQUENCE OF SOUND
“Cave’s radical openness has brought him into conversation and solidarity with this global community of people who have lost and who continue to live. For such people, Ghosteen is a sweeping and remarkable gift.” —PASTE
“Nick Cave’s ‘Ghosteen’ finds beauty and hope after darkness… when Nick sings, ‘Just want to stay in the business of making you happy,’ it’s one of the most purely beautiful lines in a love song released this year.” —BROOKLYN VEGAN