Mick Harvey has always thought of himself primarily as a collaborator.
Outside his work with Nick Cave in both the Birthday Party and the Bad Seeds, and his own solo albums, which have predominantly contained interpretations of other people’s songs, he works on projects both low and high profile. On one hand, he is busy producing albums by new bands such as the Nearly Brothers, playing concerts and recording with Rowland S Howard (his old Birthday Party comrade). And on the other hand, he is writing film soundtracks recording with PJ Harvey on her acclaimed new LP, Let England Shake.
In early 2007, Harvey had begun writing songs about some of the stories and memories of people close to him that he'd lost. In August 2010, after finishing work with Polly Jean Harvey, he returned to Australia. It was time to complete the assignment – finish the songs and seal his personal tributes properly.
Sketches from the Book of the Dead is Mick Harvey's first fully self-penned album, and a first step into his own deep, private world.
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