Singer, songwriter and guitarist PJ Harvey took the alt-rock world by storm in the early Nineties with her raw, dynamic post-punk sound and evocative/provocative lyrics.
In hypnotic tunes like “Dress,” “Happy and Bleeding,” and “Sheela-Na-Gig,” she sang about discovering, reviling, and reveling in her body. As her career wore on, Harvey found new topics to write about — including true love — and refined her sound without detracting from the appeal of her singular new-millennium blue.
This spring sees the release of PJ Harvey’s ninth studio album,
The Hope Six Demolition Project, on April 15th through Island Records.
The Hope Six Demolition Project draws from several journeys undertaken by Harvey, who spent time in Kosovo, Afghanistan and Washington, D.C. over a four-year period. “When I’m writing a song I visualise the entire scene. I can see the colours, I can tell the time of day, I can sense the mood, I can see the light changing, the shadows moving, everything in that picture. Gathering information from secondary sources felt too far removed for what I was trying to write about. I wanted to smell the air, feel the soil and meet the people of the countries I was fascinated with”, says Harvey.
The album was recorded last year in residency at London’s Somerset House. The exhibition, entitled ‘Recording in Progress’ saw Harvey, her band, producers Flood and John Parish, and engineers working within a purpose-built recording studio behind one-way glass, observed throughout by public audiences.
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