Mick Harvey has announced details of a new solo album, FOUR (Acts of Love), out on Mute on 29 April 2013. This is the former Bad Seed and PJ Harvey collaborator’s sixth solo studio album, and the follow up to 2011’s Sketches from the Book of the Dead.
The album’s release follows a series of dates including his first ever solo New Zealand tour in March and two sold out shows in St Kilda paying tribute to Roland S Howard, The Prince of St Kilda (www.facebook.com/StKildaMemo). Mick Harvey has also announced a performance of interpretations of the songs of Serge Gainsbourg at ATP’s Yeah Yeah Yeahs curated I’ll Be Your Mirror on 4 May, and recently toured with Einstürzende Neubauten through Australia (Full details below, more European dates in support of the new album to be announced).
FOUR (Acts of Love) is a contemplation on romantic love – it’s loss, re-awakening, our ongoing struggles with it and its place in our universe. The album is a song cycle, divided into 3 Acts.
The album features original compositions by Mick Harvey alongside a song by long time collaborator PJ Harvey (‘Glorious’) and interpretations of The Saints’ ‘The Story of Love’, Van Morrison’s ‘The Way Young Lovers Do’, Exuma’s ‘Summertime in New York’ and Roy Orbison’s ‘Wild Hearts (Run Out of Time)’.
FOUR (Acts of Love) was recorded at Grace Lane, North Melbourne and Atlantis Sound, Melbourne and features regular collaborators Rosie Westbrook on double bass and JP Shilo on guitar and violin.
Act 1 – SUMMERTIME IN NEW YORK
1. Praise the Earth (Wheels of Amber and Gold)
3. Midnight on the Ramparts
4. Summertime in New York
5. Where There’s Smoke (before)
Act 2 – THE STORY OF LOVE
6. God Made the Hammer
7. I Wish That I Were Stone
8. The Way Young Lovers Do
9. A Drop, An Ocean
10. The Story of Love
Act 3 – WILD HEARTS RUN OUT OF TIME
11. Where There’s Smoke (after)
12. Wild Hearts
13. Fairy Dust
14. Praise the Earth (An Ephemeral Play)
28 Feb – St Kilda MeMo Theatre – Roland S Howard Tribute – SOLD OUT
1 March – St Kilda MeMo Theatre – Roland S Howard Tribute – SOLD OUT
21 March – Wellington, Mighty Mighty Bar (NZ)
22 March – Auckland, King’s Arms (NZ)
23 March – Leigh, Sawmill (NZ)
4 May – London, Alexandra Palace – ATP’s I’ll Be Your Mirror curated by Yeah Yeah Yeahs (performing the songs of Serge Gainsbourg) – Tickets available HERE