Skeleton Tree, although most of the tracks reportedly were already written before the singer’s 15-year-old son, Arthur, died in a tragic accident. “Girl in Amber” is wrapped up in a gauzy bandage of shifting silences and Cave’s meditative, prayerlike murmuring, which is lit up occasionally by Conway Savage’s stark chimes of piano. “You’re a young man waking, covered in blood that is not yours,” Cave intones darkly on “Jesus Alone,” as an ominous, buzzing drone wells up behind him. Also with the similarly heavy soul-tolling of Cat Power at the Greek Theatre, Thursday, June 29.
There is something majestic yet mournful in Nick Cave’s low crooning, which plumbs so far into the psychic depths of emotion that what starts out as personal and vulnerable ends up resonating in a more fully universal way. Themes of desolation and loss permeate Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds’ latest album,