Experimental Rock Empress PJ Harvey Resurfaces With ‘The Wheel’

Experimental rock empress PJ Harvey resurfaced this month, bringing with her the first track and video from her upcoming album ‘The Hope Six Demolition Project’ – which will be released on the 15th April. Her first track, ‘The Wheel’, has been released as an expansive documentary-style video. The Wheel features an evocative and empowering layered choir of choruses, set against the melancholy scenery of the disputed territory of Kosovo. 

In comparison to her last album, 2011’s ‘Let England Shake’, The Hope Six Demolition Project is constructed upon Harvey’s adventures through DC, Kosovo and Afghanistan over the past four years. Speaking about her new album, Harvey says; “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 within.”

Throughout The Wheel, Harvey matches enthralling and grand –yet catchy beats and riffs, to what can only be described as despondent imagery. Depilated buildings, derelict fairground rides and peeling posters all feature in her new video, in agreement to her harsh gloomy lyrics; ‘All that’s left after a year.’ If the rest of Harvey’s new album is half as explorative and fascinating as The Wheel, we can expect exhilarating thing when The Hope Six Demolition Project is released in April.

Lauren Shute

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