Nick reveals new album Ghosteen to fans as cover described as ‘kitschy Christian’

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Nick Cave has told fans that a new album, Ghosteen, will be released in the week beginning 30 September.

Nick was responding to a  fan on his Red Hand Files website. 

“Dear Joe,” he wrote. “You can expect a new album next week. It is called Ghosteen. It is a double album. Part 1 comprises of eight songs.”

Tracks on the first album are:

  1. The Spinning Song”
    2) “Bright Horses”
    3) “Waiting for You”
    4) “Night Raid”
    5) “Sun Forest”
    6) “Galleon Ship”
    7) “Ghosteen Speaks”
    8) “Leviathan”

The Bad Seeds frontman told fans the second part consists of “two long songs, linked by a spoken word piece”:

  1. “Ghosteen”
    2) “Fireflies”
    3) “Hollywoo

He said: “The songs on the first album are the children. The songs on the second album are their parents. Ghosteen is a migrating spirit. Love, Nick.”

The Bad Seeds released their critically praised album Skeleton Tree in 2016 and have since been working on the follow-up. 

Rock NYC had this to say about the announcement and the album’s cover: “This is a totally unusual way to announce a release, and without any piece of music yet, without even a single to preview the album, we can only speculate. If you can’t judge a book by its cover, album covers are chosen with a very precise intention and this kitschy piece of Christian art has to mean something…”

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