Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds have announced details of their new studio album Skeleton Tree, whose release will be accompanied by a “stark, fragile and raw” documentary movie out at the same time.

The record, which will be Cave’s 16th studio album and the first since the death of his 15 year old son Arthur last year, is to be released on September 9th. The day before, on Thursday September 8th, a film called One More Time With Feeling will be screened in 650 cinemas across the world.

Nick CaveNick Cave's new album is to be accompanied by the release of a film

The movie is directed by Andrew Dominik, who has previously worked with Cave and fellow Bad Seed member Warren Ellis on the 2007 film The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, and will feature a live performance of Skeleton Tree itself.

Filmed in 3D and 2D, it is described as “delving into the tragic backdrop of the writing and recording of the album” – referencing the death of his teenage son, who fell from a cliff in Brighton in July 2015 having taken LSD – and will be “interwoven with interviews and footage and accompanied by Cave’s intermittent narration and improvised rumination.”

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The 58 year old songwriter was halfway through the project at the time of the tragedy last summer, and finishing the project in such circumstances meant that Skeleton Tree “evolved into something much more significant,” according to a press release.

The record follows 2013’s Push the Sky Away, which became Cave’s most successful album in terms of chart positions worldwide in his career thus far.

Father of four Cave and his wife Susie Bick had twin sons Arthur and Earl in 2000, with Cave already a father to two older sons from a previous relationship. The boys appeared briefly in the 2014 fictionalised film 20,000 Days On Earth, which explored 24 hours purporting to take place in the singer’s life.

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