New striking strokes
7 June 2023
Pre-order info here.
PJ: “After many years of work I am very happy to release this collection of new songs.
It was a difficult album to make and took time to find its strongest form, but it has
finally become all I hoped for it to be.”
Along with the news PJ shared the first single, named
A Child’s Question, August . A somber and very magnetic piece.
Today the title track went online. A reflective reverie that wanders in the same
mysterious place as the first single. My ears and my gut-feeling tell me that another masterly PJ Harvey opus is waiting around the corner.
PJ: “This delicate and beautiful song eluded us until the very last day in the studio. Over the previous five weeks we had tried so many times to capture it and failed, and/but then John reinvented the feel of the guitar pattern. As he was demonstrating it in the control room, Flood handed me a microphone and pressed record whilst I sat next to John trying to work out how to sing to it. The result somehow captures the ethereal and melancholic longing I was looking for. In the lyric everyone is waiting for the savior to reappear – everyone and everything anticipates the arrival of this figure of love and transformation. There is a sense of sexual longing and awakening and of moving from one realm into another – from child to adult, from life to death and the eternal.”