I’ll make this brief and state my adoration for Nick Cave‘s music, his gruff voice and lyrics. Favourite tracks are Deanna, Into My Arms, The Ship Song, Nature Boy and Where The Wild Roses Grow featuring Kylie Minogue. On the face of it an unlikely collaboration, but it works perfectly. You need to enjoy a dose of doom and gloom to enjoy his music, although sometimes he surprises and sounds positively upbeat and happy. Content even. I can’t imagine the new album Skeleton Tree, with The Bad Seeds will be too smiley. His son Arthur died tragically last year at only 15 years of age and Skeleton Tree is said to be heavily influenced by themes of grief and death. A companion piece feature film, One More Night With Feeling is due for release tomorrow, one day earlier than the album and is directed by Andrew Dominik of Chopper fame. Apparently one of the reasons for the making of the film is so Cave can save himself from discussing his son’s death in the media. With the movie his grief can be laid out on his own terms. Here’s the first single from the album out on Friday. It’s called Jesus Alone and haunts and rattles with raw emotion when Cave sings “with my voice I am calling you“.