This spring sees the release of PJ Harvey’s ninth studio album, The Hope Six Demolition Project, on April 15 through Island Records/Universal Music Canada.
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.
The Hope Six Demolition Project follows the 2011 Mercury Prize winning Let England Shake and will be available on vinyl, CD and as a digital download. The full track-listing follows below. PJ Harvey will play select festival dates across Europe this summer with her new 9-piece band.
Watch the album trailer by Seamus Murphy featuring tracks The Community of Hope and The Wheel
- The Community of Hope
- The Ministry of Defence
- A Line in the Sand
- Chain of Keys
- River Anacostia
- Near the Memorials to Vietnam and Lincoln
- The Orange Monkey
- The Ministry of Social Affairs
- The Wheel
- Dollar, Dollar