Reclusive Kate Bush revisits old material on new release 

It’s been an eternity since we’ve heard from the reclusive British aesthete Kate Bush. But – in her own methodical way of working, of course – she’s actually been quite busy, readying a new release she’s aptly dubbed “Director’s Cut,” out May 17 on her own Fish People imprint (via EMI).

Quite correctly, she reasoned that if filmmakers can issue updated takes on their earlier work, so can recording artists. So she revisited key cuts from her last two albums, “The Sensual World” and the Archers-inspired “The Red Shoes,” re-tracking certain elements while leaving the song skeletons fairly intact.

Why did Bush choose to dig up her relatively recent past? For one “Sensual” number, she had initially planned on using passages from James Joyce’s “Ulysses,” but his estate turned down her earnest request. Not too long ago, however, they changed their mind, which led to a newly-reimagined “Flower Of The Mountain” she’s included on “Cut.” Three other songs, including “This Woman’s Work,” have been completely overhauled, and a new version of “Deeper Understanding” has already shipped to radio.

Ever the adventurous artiste, Bush is also directing a short film to accompany it, featuring Robbie Coltrane, Frances Barber, Noel Fielding, and her own son Albert. And Yes, diehards, she’s also putting the finishing touches on a new studio set. No release date (no surprise!) set yet.

For more: www.katebush.com.

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