PJ Harvey Brings Us ‘The Hope Six Demolition Project’ This April

Posted on: February 2nd, 2016 at 10:23 am by

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PJ Harvey/Photo: Maria Mochnacz

There’s already an impressive stream of new albums ruling twenty-sixteen’s ear buds so far—Savages, Chairlift, Sia, just to name a few.

And arriving April 15 via Vagrant Records is PJ Harvey’s ninth studio album, The Hope Six Demolition Project. This 11-song set marks Harvey’s follow-up to her 2011 Mercury Music Prize-winning Let England Shake LP.

Last year, Harvey joined her longtime collaborators, composer/musician John Parish and producer Flood, for a residency (appropriately titled “Recording in Progress) at London’s Somerset House so that the public could get a close-up look at her and her band, among others, hard at work at their home-built recording studio, and all behind one-way glass.

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This particular lot of tunes delves into Harvey’s worldwide travels over the last four years, too, with jaunts including Afghanistan, Washington, D.C., and Kosovo. These adventures have impacted how these songs have taken shape, and then some.

“When I’m writing a song I visualize the entire scene,” Harvey said in a press release. “I can see the colors, 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.”

For a teaser of what’s to come, check out the brilliant album trailer by Seamus Murphy—featuring tracks “The Community of Hope” and “The Wheel”—below.

The Hope Six Demolition Project tracklisting:
1. The Community of Hope
2. The Ministry of Defence
3. A Line in the Sand
4. Chain of Keys
5. River Anacostia
6. Near the Memorials to Vietnam and Lincoln
7. The Orange Monkey
8. Medicinals
9. The Ministry of Social Affairs
10. The Wheel
11. Dollar, Dollar

We must tip our hats to Peej’s homage to our beloved NYC, Stories From the City, Stories From the Sea (2000). Here’s some “Good Fortune” for your week.

And let us not forget when she ruled Irving Plaza back in 2009. Here she is, looking oh-so elegant, during “Civil War Correspondent,” as originally heard on she and Parish’s 1996 collaborative effort, Dance Hall at Louse Point. Enjoy!

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