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Song Premiere: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, 'We No Who U R'

Lead track from 'Push the Sky Away' menaces quietly

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Cat Stevens
December 2, 2012 5:00 PM ET

On February 18th, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds are set to release their 15th studio album, Push the Sky Away, a record Cave has described as "the ghost-baby in the incubator" with Warren Ellis' loops as "its tiny, trembling heart-beat." Produced by Nick Launay, the album was recorded in the South of France at La Fabrique, a recording studio set up in a 19th Century mansion.

An entry on the band's website notes the album's contemporary setting of myths woven into details of life observed around Cave's seaside home. "These songs convey how on the Internet profoundly significant events, momentary fads and mystically-tinged absurdities sit side-by-side and question how we might recognise and assign weight to what’s genuinely important."

Take an exclusive first listen to the lead track off the album, "We No Who U R," an eerily restrained ballad with an undercurrent of menace in its refrain, "We know who you are and we know where you live, and we know there's no need to forgive."

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