The new album by Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds stems from a tragic event the Australian singer-songwriter will likely never stop experiencing. On July 14, 2015, Cave’s 15-year-old son Arthur died after falling from a cliff near the family’s home in Brighton, England, while under the influence of LSD.
“With my voice, I am calling you,” Cave moans, again and again, to open “Skeleton Tree,” and that’s the way the rest of this gorgeous but harrowing record plays out: as though the artist — known for an unflinching Gothic sensibility as dark as his ink-black hair — is using his music to combat the terrible irreversibility of what happened just over a year ago.
Yet permanence wasn’t what filmmaker Andrew Dominik had in mind for “One More Time With Feeling,” a remarkable 3-D black-and-white documentary about the creation of “Skeleton Tree” that premiered last week at the Venice Film Festival and played in theaters around the world last Thursday night, hours before Cave’s album was released.
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