Over a year after he parted company with long-term musical partner Nick Cave, former Bad Seed Mick Harvey has announced details of his first solo album in four years, due out this April.
The new LP is entitled Sketches From The Book Of Dead and will be released on April 29 via Mute/EMI. The album was recorded in Melbourne with all 11 tracks written by Harvey himself. Backing him up are Rosie Westbrook, JP Shilo and Xanthe Waite.
Harvey’s last record was 2007’s Two Of Diamonds. Two years later he left Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, citing his ‘diminishing’ creative role within the band, what with Cave seeming to find more inspiration from working with violinist and guitarist Warren Ellis.
The 52-year-old released his first album Intoxicated Man back in 1995, with the new effort being his fifth album proper, although he did release the live album Three Sisters – Live At Bush Hall, in 2008. More recently he contributed to PJ Harvey’s new album, Let England Shake and is expected to join her on tour.