PJ Harvey Announces Brand New Studio Album

Following up 2011’s Mercury Prize winning record Let England Shake was never going to be an easy feat for legendary English songstress Polly Jean, better known as PJ Harvey. Having been creating music for the better part of three decades, she has amassed a huge following of fans and enough awards to justifiably sail off triumphantly into the sunset with. Not today though, Harvey is hardly slowing down with a huge European festival tour ahead of her and today announcing her ninth studio album, The Hope Six Demolition Project.

Coming with its very own trailer featuring two of the eleven tracks announced, The Community Of Hope and The Wheel, the latter of which was premiered as the album’s lead single on the BBC 6 Music Show overnight, The Hope Six Demolition Project is scheduled for worldwide release on April 15th of this year. Like any trailer worth its salt, this one has us incredibly excited for what is to come.

It will be an album based on some of the experiences and journeys Harvey had visiting war-torn places like Afghanistan and Kosovo as well as Washington D.C. in the last few years.  Following that, Harvey is hitting the European festival circuit hard with a brand new nine-piece band in tow, playing a total of 14 dates across three months.

The Wheel will have its formal release as a single on January 23rd. The tracklist for The Hope Six Demolition Project is as follows:

  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
  8. Medicinals
  9. The Ministry of Social Affairs
  10. The Wheel
  11. Dollar, Dollar

No word just yet on whether Harvey is touring outside of Europe (cough, come to Australia yeah thanks, cough) but her live schedule at this point will cover these dates and locations:

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

We’re looking forward immensely to what PJ Harvey is bringing to 2016.

The Hope Six Demolition Project is out April 15th via Island Records.

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