PJ Harvey talks new album, music that inspires him, new book ‘Orlam’ in interview

PJ Harvey finished her extensive series of vinyl reissues earlier this year, but it’s been a few years since she released a new album – 2016 The Hope Six Demolition Project is his most recent. We’re excited to hear that she has new music on the horizon, although it will still be a while before it arrives. Talk to rolling stonePJ said she was working on a new album, and it should be out in the summer of 2023. “I’m very happy with it,” she said. rolling stone. “It took a long time to write to do well, but finally I feel very happy with it.”

PJ has been busy working on her book-length narrative poem, Orlam, released in April. It is written in the traditional Dorset dialect, and a standard English translation is due out in August in the US. “I had a lot of fun writing this book,” she said. rolling stone. “I really wanted it to be not only a book of a lot of dark and very sensitive and emotional stuff, but also a lot of humor. As you can see, I used the language to my advantage in doing that.”

PJ also said rolling stone what music has been inspiring her lately, saying:

I became more and more drawn to working on soundtracks. I think because of my love of film and television, I so often fall completely in love with a soundtrack. Some of the greatest soundtrack writers would be Jonny Greenwood, Mica Levi, Hildur Guðnadóttir, his Chernobyl soundtrack for example, Ryuichi Sakamoto.

So I very often listen to instrumental music from films, but otherwise I tend to think of contemporary music. I really liked Thom Yorke’s solo projects, but also his work with the Smile. Mica Levi’s bands, his work with Tirzah, his work with Micachu and the Shapes, Good Sad Happy Bad. Gosh, and I recently came across All Thoughts Fly by Anna von Hausswolff, which blew me away. I thought that was amazing. Bob Dylan, I mean “Murder Most Foul” was absolutely amazing. And I find no greater pleasure than to see an artist whom I have admired all my life, doing their best work as well as their newest work. I think, “Oh, wow.” It fills me with such pleasure. And I felt that with Bob Dylan’s whole Rough and Rowdy Ways album.

Read the full interview at rolling stone.

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