“The trees all stand like pleading hands,” dapper gloom-and-doomer Nick Cave sings on “We No Who U R,” the lead single off Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds’ upcoming 15th studio album, Push the Sky Away (out February 19). If the crisply orchestrated track’s lyric video didn’t illustrate Cave’s anthropo-horror-fic imagery clearly enough, the brooding sparkler now has a woodsy video to match.
The four-minute clip, directed by French-based Argentine filmmaker Gaspar Noé, follows a shadowy figure as it stalks aimlessly through a forest. It’s a menacing but restrained piece from an auteur known for violent, visceral work (see 2002’s brutal rape-revenge grindhouse-art film, Irreversible), set to a menacing but restrained song by an Australian post-punk pirate (see Cave’s tenure with the Birthday Party and Grinderman). Forget any and all Ke$ha associations and enter the void.