Push the Sky Away is the fifteenth studio album by the Australian alternative rock band Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, released on 18 February 2013 on the band's own label Bad Seed Ltd. Recorded at La Fabrique in southern France, it is the band's first album not to feature founding member Mick Harvey, who departed the band in January 2009, and the first album to feature founding member Barry Adamson since Your Funeral... My Trial (1986). The cover image shows Cave opening a window shutter to illuminate his naked wife, Susie Bick, and was shot by Dominique Issermann in the couple's own bedroom. Personnel: Nick Cave – vocals, piano, electric piano, additional mixing, design Warren Ellis – violin, viola, tenor guitar, flute, synthesizer, electric piano, loops, backing vocals, additional mixing Martyn P. Casey – bass (1–6, 8), backing vocals Barry Adamson – bass (7, 9), backing vocals Conway Savage – vocals, backing vocals Thomas Wydler – drums, backing vocals Jim Sclavunos – percussion, backing vocals Additional musicians George Vjestica – twelve-string guitar (4, 5), backing vocals (5, 8) Chris Dauray – saxophone (8) Jessica Neilson – bass clarinet (8) Ryan Porter – trombone (8) Antonio Beliveau – backing vocals (1, 3, 7, 9) Aya Peard – backing vocals (1, 3, 7, 9) Jason Evigan – backing vocals (1, 3, 7, 9) Natalie Wilde – backing vocals (1, 3, 7, 9) Martha Skye Murphy – backing vocals (1, 3, 7) Children Of Ecole Saint Martin – backing vocals (4, 8, 9) Recording Push the Sky Away was recorded at La Fabrique, a recording studio based in a 19th century mansion in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, France. It was produced by Nick Launay, who produced Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds three previous studio albums—Nocturama (2003), Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus (2004) and Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! (2008)— and Grinderman's two studio albums. Segments of the album's recording sessions were featured in the official trailer for Push the Sky Away, which was posted on YouTube upon the album's announcement. The band entered the studio when Nick Cave had "unformed and pupal" ideas, and the band "[transformed] them into things of wonder." Read more on Last.fm.
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