Written by: Alex Green
PJ Harvey is gearing up to release her new album in 2016 and here are five things we’ve learned about the Mercury Prize-winning singer’s upcoming ninth effort.
- The album was recorded at a custom-built studio in the Somerset House in London.
- The recording process was decidedly unique in that they were billed as “open recording sessions” wherein the public could attend.
- To celebrate her 46th birthday on October 9, Harvey played a show at the Barbican in London. The set included ten new tracks, many of which are believed to be taken from the new record. She played: ‘”Chain of Keys,” “The Wheel.” “The Orange Monkey,” “Dollar Dollar,” “The Community of Hope,” “Homo Sappy Blues,” “Medicinals,” “Near the Memorials to Vietnam and Lincoln,” “River Anacostia” and “The Ministry of Social Affairs.”
- The as yet untitled album is said to have a lyrical focus that’s as global as it is political and the instrumentation ranges from saxophones to autoharp and bouzouki.
- It has been confirmed that the record was produced by Flood, who has produced albums by everyone from Depeche Mode to U2 to Nick Cave.