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.
Watch this new album trailer by Seamus Murphy featuring tracks The Community of Hope and The Wheel below.
The Hope Six Demolition Project will be available on vinyl, CD and as a digital download. The full track-listing is:
1. The Community of Hope
2. The Ministry of Defence
3. A Line in the Sand
4. Chain of Keys
5. River Anacostia
6. Near the Memorials to Vietnam and Lincoln
7. The Orange Monkey
9. The Ministry of Social Affairs
10. The Wheel
11. Dollar, Dollar
This new album follows the 2011 Mercury Prize winning ‘Let England Shake’.
PJ Harvey will play select festival dates across Europe this summer with her new 9-piece band:
June 4 Primavera Sound, Barcelona, Spain
June 4-5 We Love Green Festival, Paris, France
June 12 Field Day, London, United Kingdom
June 17-18 Sideways Festival, Helsinki, Finland
June 20 Zitadelle Spandau, Berlin, Germany
June 22 INMusic, Zagreb, Croatia
June 24-26 Down The Rabbit Hole, Beuningen, The Netherlands
June 29 Open’er Festival, Gdynia, Poland
June 29-July 2 Roskilde Festival, Denmark
July 2 Rock Werchter, Werchter, Belgium
July 3 Beauregard Festival, Herouville St Clair, France
July 7 Pohoda Festival, Trenčín, Slovakia
August 11 OYA, Oslo, Norway
August 11-13 Way Out West, Gothenburg, Sweden