Track: Mick Harvey and Amanda Acevedo unveil the first exquisite track ‘Milk and Honey’ from their forthcoming album of duets ‘Phantasmagoria In Blue’ ahead of European tour.

Feature Photograph: Matthew Ellery

At the beginning of the year, the legendary Mick Harvey (The Birthday Party, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds) announced his collaboration with enigmatic Mexican singer and filmmaker Amanda Acevedo on a new album entitled ‘Phantasmagoria In Blue’, along with news of a string of dates in Europe. Today, a taste of what can be expected is delivered in the single ‘Milk and Honey’: a delectable sonic amuse bouche for the main course.

Plucking guitars and a ghostly presence in the ether introduce a reflective and haunting refrain – Harvey’s vocals deep and sonorous like a Las Vegas crooner with sweeping, weeping strings creating a profound base. Acevedo’s vocals drip with heartache and yearning – a velvet contrast to Harvey deep timbre when the two voices combine. The song has an ethereal flow with an elegiac tone: it is statuesque and imperial.

The accompanying video directed by Harvey and Acevedo is simple to reflect the dreamy music: bucolic scenes of Harvey and Acevedo along a luscious seaside sunset: peaceful and beautiful like the music itself.

Utterly exquisite.

The single is available through all the usual download and streaming services, and you can pre-order the album here (due out on 1 September 2023) and though the link below:

Meanwhile, Harvey and Acevedo will be embarking on a massive European tour together with J.P. Shilo, and Sometimes with Others on the The Invisible Blue Unicorns Tour – a unified ensemble for a big showcase experience with the artists delving into their individual catalogues. Details are as follows:

4 May – Leipzig (DE) – Moritzbastei
5 May – Wroclaw (PL) – Akademia
6 May – Wien (AT) – Porgy & Bess
7 May – Munich (DE) – Rote Sonne
9 May – Bologna (IT) – Locomotiv
10 May – Montecosaro (IT) – Mount Echo
11 May – Torino (IT) – Spazio 211
13 May – Belgrade (RS) – KC Grad
14 May – Zagreb (HR) – Mocvara
15 May – Ljubljana (SI) – Gala Hala
17 May – Geneva (CH) – L’Usine
18 May – Martigny (CH) – Caves du Manoir
20 May – Paris (FR) – Petit Bain
21 May – Kortrijk (BE) – Wildewesten
22 May – Liege (BE) – Reflektor
23 May – Hamburg (DE) – Kampnagel
24 May – Copenhagen (DE) – Loppen
27 May – Brno (CZ) – Mersey Gathering 4
28 May – Berlin (DE) – Lido

More details and tickets here.

Feature Photograph: Matthew Ellery

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