My love and admiration for PJ Harvey is boundless as it is endless.
For every song in her upcoming album (Let England Shake) there will be a short film directed by award-winning photographer Seamus Murphy.
The first one is The Last Living Rose:
I love it when two creative minds unite in favor of a more thorough and dynamic art form.
It almost leaves me speechless.
My mouth is dry, my eyes are hungry. Thus,
Let a new week begin.
This is one of those weeks when I feel I need an extra push to get through to the weekend (yet another busy one, I can foresee).
So expectations play an important part in my selection of musical solace for today. What I mean is, my real favorite artists – the ones who speak right to my heart – are supposed to release new records in the near future. The list:
1. PJ Harvey. Her new album will be released sometime in 2011 along with fresh new concerts in European capitals.
2. Fiona Apple. Some of the new material has leaked onto Youtube and the like, along with rumors that a new record will see the light of day in the next Spring.
3. Ladyhawke. The Kiwi singer with the smartest keyboards on the planet is working on new material to be released very very soon.
4. Björk. The long hiatus will see an end as her much worked on new music is put out hopefully sometime next year. It hurts me to say it, but I do hope it will leave up to my expectations after the mostly disappointing Volta.
5. Lykke Li. Her sweet voice and heartfelt songs will fill our dreams as she releases her new album in the near future. Meanwhile, she has come out with a single that is both mischievous and down-to-the-bones honest, Get Some:
How redundant is it to say that I cannot wait to get all of these?
PS: Yes, I love female singers.
Too quick to die
Success needs killing
Let me know the way before there’s hell to pay
Give me room to lay the law and let me go
I am yours now
I’ve been found out
Where would I be
Musicians who have full creative control and total awareness of their artistic goals are always worth of praise.
If they are in addition talented, insightful and surprising, they deserve nothing less than admiration.
When they possess the rare ability of good songwriting, they are entitled to lifelong passion.
Such is the case of PJ Harvey.
As her first new songs begin to appear, my heart has already started pounding with anticipation:
With an album more focused on the ‘outward world’, Polly Jean is once again entering new ground.
Using samples and with a long-waited return of the guitar, her new album is bound to be as elegant as plain good:
To be adored.
Ever since PJ Harvey used banjos in her hypnotically wonderful song Sixteen, Fifteen, Fourteen in the album A Man A Woman Walked by, I’ve been acquiring quite a taste for string instruments, especially when they’re used in surprising ways.
Today I came across a new indie band from the USA who play exactly the music I’ve been digging. Here’s Saintseneca:
Add a red-headed singer to the mix and I’m all in love.
I always fall for things that aren’t easy to get.
In time: PJ is about the release a new record. I can’t wait.