Mick Harvey Announces New Album

Mick Harvey has announced details of his first solo album in over 10 years, Five Ways to Say Goodbye, the final release in a series of releases that feature a blend of originals and interpretations of pre-existing songs. The new 12-track collection, out on Mute on 10 May 2024, will include original compositions alongside tracks written by artists as varied as Ed Kuepper (co-founder of The Saints), Fatal Shore (Phil Shoenfelt and Bruno Adams), David McComb (The Triffids / Blackeyed Susans), Lo Carmen and Lee Hazelwood. 

Listen to ‘When We Were Beautiful & Young’ – Harvey’s tender, reflective, and deeply poignant exploration of youth – and watch the accompanying video, a journey through highlights of a career that began nearly 50 years ago in Melbourne:

Across the album, Harvey creates a coherent mood between other people’s songs and his own, as though they are all part of the same lineage and interconnected sonic world. As such, these re-workings go far beyond functioning as simple cover versions. “I don’t think cover is appropriate terminology,” says Harvey. “It’s not a copy. To my mind it’s more in the traditional of how songs used to be, where they would mutate and you’d end up with lots of different versions.One is really just passing the music on and sharing the songs further.”

The album features ‘A Suitcase in Berlin’ – originally released in early 2023 with artwork that nods to the new album – a translation and reworking of Marlene Dietrich’s 1950s ode to Berlin, ‘Ich Hab’ Noch Einen Koffer in Berlin’. Harvey’s updated take on the song, originally written in 1922, brings a sadness and weight to the subject appropriate to the passage of time and the weight of history which hangs over the city. 

“(The album) is kind of about farewells or saying goodbye,” explains Harvey, “There’s a lot around that subject so it’s got a kind of melancholy and sentimentality around it.” The theme is multifaceted: the album may be the closing chapter on a five-part series of albums that began in 2005 with One Man’s Treasure, and continued with Two of Diamonds, Three Sisters – Live At Bush Hall, and Four (Acts of Love). It’s a reflection of time passed and life elapsed, and it’s also a literal goodbye in some instances. “A lot of the songs are by people who have moved on,” says Harvey.

There are few artists as endlessly versatile as Mick Harvey. From his powerhouse, role-shifting, contributions in the ferocious The Birthday Party, to being a central driving force in Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, via crucial contributions in bands like Crime and the City Solution, Harvey leaves subtle yet indelible fingerprints on every project he touches. This, alongside his countless soundtracks – including ‘Ghosts… of the Civil Dead’ (Dir. John Hillcoat, 1988), ‘Chopper’ (Dir. Andrew Dominik, 2000), and the award-winning soundtracks for ‘Australian Rules’ (Dir. Paul Goldman, 2002) and ‘Suburban Mayhem’ (Dir. Paul Goldman, 2006) – as well as his numerous collaborations and roles as a producer and/or arranger for the likes of PJ Harvey, Anita Lane, Rowland S. Howard and Robert Forster, have given Harvey an unusually prolific and eclectic career.

The new album follows Harvey’s recent collaboration with Mexican artist Amanda Acevedo, who features on Five Ways to Say Goodbye, and will be accompanied by a UK and European tour dates in May and June – full details below.

Mick Harvey’s Five Ways to Say Goodbye is out on vinyl, CD and digitally on 10 May 2024.


  1. Heaven’s Gate
  2. We Had an Island
  3. Demolition
  4. The Art of Darkness
  5. Setting You Free
  6. Alone with the Stars
  7. Nashville High
  8. Ghost Ships
  9. Dirtnap Stories – featuring Amanda Acevedo
  10. When We Were Beautiful & Young
  11. A Suitcase in Berlin


More dates to be added, latest ticket links can be found HERE