It’s been about 18 months since Mick Harvey announced his eyebrow raising departure from Nick Cave’s Bad Seeds, and he has taken to his MySpace blog to discuss the split. He doesn’t offer a great deal of insight into the parting of ways, but Harvey does reveal more exciting news—that he is once again involved in a new PJ Harvey record.
“Many months have passed and I must apologize for never having followed through on my oft threatened, “reasons for leaving The Bad Seeds” list,” he writes. “But to be honest, I’m glad I didn’t bother. As previously observed, I’m not sure it’s anybody else’s business anyway, and ultimately it was just the right time to make a change for everyone concerned. Did I jump or was I pushed? There’s no answer to that, but I can say that leaving The Bad Seeds was the best decision I’ve made since the one I made to join The Bad Seeds back in 1983 - at least from a career perspective.”
The full details behind that story will no doubt emerge one day, but in the meantime, here’s Harvey on that new album by his namesake: “There will be extensive touring commitments with my dear friend Polly (PJ) after the release of her new album in February 2011 so availabilities might be a bit tight early on. We recorded her album back in May in Dorset and it’s a remarkable piece of work - quite unlike anything else out there. Would one expect anything else?”
Mick and Polly have worked together sporadically over the years, with the former Bad Seed often lending a production hand to her records. But if this intriguing glimpse into her new direction is any indication of the sound of that record, then this could be a very special new beginning for both these artists.