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Just in time for the new year, veteran musician, composer, and style icon Nick Cave has decided to start spelling like Prince, at least for the track below from his 15th record with the Bad Seeds, Push the Sky Away, in which he claims to "No" who "U" "R."

That quirk aside, the song represents classic Cave: mellow, but with just a hint of menace; in the vein of pre-Grinderman ballads like "The Weeping Song."

And for anyone who thinks the guy hasn't been busy, since it's been awhile that he's released any original material, Cave has been concentrating on composing.

Most recently, he and Warren Ellis (Bad Seeds, Dirty Three) provided the score for John Hillcoat's Lawless and Amy Berg's West of Memphis, a documentary about the West Memphis Three* (to which Vetiver's Andy Cabic also contributed).

* In addition, the two scored a New York-by-way-of-Iceland stage production of Faust.

French-Argentinian provocateur Gaspar Noé (Irréversible, Enter the Void) directed the video above, in which a shadow wanders through a dark forest. It's pretty much a one-trick pony, but as tricks go, it isn't bad* (incidentally, more people should seek out I Stand Alone, Noe's best, if least known film to date).

* It also betrays the influence of Thai mind-fuck Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives.

Bad Seed Ltd., and not the band's longtime label Mute, releases Push the Sky Away on Feb 18. Due to NSFW concerns, I posted the smallest cover picture I could find—Nick's lady friend forgot to bring her pants to the photo session.

P.S. Second hat tip of the week to Adrian Martin, a Melbourne film critic I follow on Twitter.