PJ Harvey Shares Evocative Video for Her Controversial Single, ‘The Community of Hope’
PJ Harvey has revealed the official video for "The Community of Hope" – the second single from her upcoming album, The Hope Six Demolition Project. Watch it above.
However, you won't see the British singer-songwriter in the video directed by Harvey's frequent collaborator, Seamus Murphy. In the intro, Washington Post writer Paul Schwartzman skeptically talks about the Washington, D.C. public housing project, HOPE VI, which he toured with Harvey, helping to inspire the album title and some of Harvey's lyrics.
After a montage of clips shot around the neighborhood where the project is set, a church group sings the refrain, "They're gonna put a Walmart here," in front of their congregation. But, as Schwartzman wrote in his article, that promised store was never built.
The song has already garnered criticism from D.C. politicians, and the campaign treasurer to former mayor Vince Gray said, "PJ Harvey is to music what Piers Morgan is to cable news."
The Hope Six Demolition Project will be released April 15 via Island.