PJ Harvey has debuted another song ahead of the release of her upcoming album The Hope Six Demolition Project. The second single to be released from the album, The Community of Hope was premiered on Shaun Keaveny’s show on BBC Radio 6. The first single, The Wheel, was also first heard on Radio 6, played out by Steve Lamacq.
The album itself is due for release April 15, via Island Records. Harvey recorded the album last year as part of a residency at London museum and gallery, Somerset House. Sessions were open to the public, who were able to watch as Harvey played and recorded the songs that make up The Hope Six Demolition Project.
Harvey wrote the songs while travelling in Kosovo, Afghanistan and Washington D.C. with photographer and filmmaker Seamus Murphy. During which time she also wrote her book of poetry, The Hollow Of the Hand. The footage from the trip has been used for the accompanying clip to The Wheel, and also in a multimedia show she presented in London in late 2015.
This latest track has Harvey’s recognisable vocals somewhere between riot grrrl and siren. Also the relentless electric guitar and snare heavy drumming. Never one to indulge in the meaningless, the lyrics to The Community of Hope fit with the visuals from Harvey’s travels. The title refrain and a narrative speaking of a “highway to destruction”, homeland security and “they’re gonna build a wall”.
Listen to the track here by scrolling to 50:39, and you can also watch the video for the album trailer here. PJ Harvey will be embarking on an international tour following the release of The Hope Six Demolition Project.
06-04 Barcelona, Spain – Primavera
06-05 Paris, France – We Love Green
06-10 Porto, Portugal – Primavera Sound Porto
06-11 London, England – Victoria Park
06-12 London, England – Field Day
06-17-18 Helsinki, Finland – Sideways
06-20 Berlin, Germany – Citadel Music Festival
06-20-23 Zagreb, Croatia – INmusic festival
06-24-26 Ewijk, Netherlands – Down the Rabbit Hole
06-29 Gdynia, Poland – Open’er Festival
06-29-07-02 Roskilde, Denmark – Roskilde Festival
07-02 Werchter, Belgium – Rock Werchter
07-03 Hérouville-Saint-Clair, France – Beauregard Music Festival
07-07 Trenčín, Slovakia – Pohoda
07-08 Vienna, Austria – Harvest of Art Festival
08-11 Oslo, Norway – Øya Festival
08-11-13 Gothenburg, Sweden – Way Out West
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