Release Date: 11/3/2022
Label: Island Records
This spring sees the release of PJ Harvey’s ninth studio album, The Hope Six Demolition Project, on 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.
A1 The Community Of Hope
A2 The Ministry Of Defence
A3 A Line In The Sand
A4 Chain Of Keys
A5 River Of Anacostia
B1 Near The Memorials To Vietnam And Lincoln
B2 The Orange Monkey
B4 The Ministry Of Social Affairs
B5 The Wheel
B6 Dollar, Dollar