The official music video for Deadly Tedium is out now.
Also available for your viewing pleasure Don’t Say A Thing (Ne Dis Rien) feat. Xanthe Waite
Mick's new album of Serge Gainsbourg interpretations/translations 'Delirium Tremens' will be released on 24 June 2016.
Preview 'Don't Say a Thing' here.
Mick will also be on tour with PJ Harvey in the European summer in support of her new album 'The Hope Six Demolition Project' on which he collaborated.
Mick is once again excited to announce a short run of shows in the European summer 2015. There are 3 confirmed “Intoxicated Man - The Songs of Serge Gainsbourg” shows which will feature Xanthe Waite on female vocals. James Cruicksank (organ), JP Shilo (guitar + piano), Yoyo Röhm (bass) and Jean-Marc Butty (drums) will make up the band which will be joined by a 4-piece string section for the shows in Portugal and Poland. He has also been able to confirm 7 shows presenting his solo material including his first ever shows in the UK outside of London. Joining Mick on these shows will be a rotating personnel with JP Shilo and Glenn Lewis at its core.
Mick Harvey is set to release a double CD collection of his two Serge Gainsbourg albums, Intoxicated Man and Pink Elephants, on Mute on 7 April 2014.
Intoxicated Man (1995) and Pink Elephants (1997) are Mick Harvey’s interpretations of the songs of legendary singer, songwriter and poet Serge Gainsbourg and are the first major works translating Gainsbourg’s infuential work from French to English. The double CD collection will include two unreleased tracks, Dr Jeckyll and Run From Happiness.
Originally Harvey embarked on the project as a result of his own curiousity about the songs and particularly the lyrics. At the time of the original recordings Gainsbourg was little known outside classic works such as Je T’aime… Moi Non Plus (I Love You… Nor Do I), Lemon Incest, Harley Davidson, Initials B.B. and Bonnie & Clyde. On this collection these classic works are presented alongside some of Gainsbourg’s lesser known compositions.
The vocal parts originally sung by Gainsbourg’s muses Jane Birkin, Brigitte Bardot and daughter Charlotte Gainsbourg are here sung by long time collaborator Anita Lane. Guests on the albums include Bertrand Burgalat, Warren Ellis and David McClymont.
Mick Harvey explains, “Translating a great writer is like walking through a minefield and I set myself the difficult task of attempting to keep the places of rhyming, metre and meaning accurate to the originals. One or more of these elements is usually dispensed with in the translating of poetry and lyrics, but I did not want to iron out any of Gainbourg’s more aberrant angles or lose any of his especially perverse and peculair touches. Some word plays and turns of phrase were inevitably lost. For this I make no apology.”
2013 saw Mick Harvey and his band perform the songs of Serge Gainsbourg at the Yeah Yeah Yeahs curated ATP festival. After successful performances in Australia, a European tour is planned for spring 2014.
Mick has just released a new solo album on Mute. 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.
Read the interview with Mick in The Age - and watch an exclusive performance.
Listen to I Wish I Were Stone at Mute.
Read the biography.
Buy the album through Mute Bank, Amazon (US), Amazon (UK), JB Hi-Fi Online, iTunes and other good music stores.