Watch PJ Harvey Debut New Songs + Poems in London
Earlier this year, PJ Harvey was virtually up to her eyes in new projects. She was working on a new book of poetry, recording her next album as part of a public art exhibition and selling replica lyric sheets from those sessions. This weekend, Harvey shared some of that hard work during a performance at London’s Royal Festival Hall.
The multimedia performance was dubbed “The Hollow of the Hand,” which is also the title of Harvey’s forthcoming collection of poetry documenting the singer-songwriter’s 2014 travels to Kosovo, Afghanistan and Washington, D.C. with photographer, filmmaker and collaborator Seamus Murphy. Murphy -- whose photos appear alongside the singer’s poems in The Hollow of the Hand -- was also on hand at the London concert, screening both photos and short films.
Harvey and Murphy were also accompanied by John Parish and Gallon Drunk’s James Johnston at the Royal Festival Hall. There, Harvey debuted several new songs (“Chain of Keys,” “The Wheel,” “The Orange Monkey,” “Dollar Dollar,” “The Community of Hope,” “Homo Happy Blues,” “Medicinals,” “Near the Memorials to Vietnam and Lincoln,” “River Anacostia” and “The Ministry of Social Affairs”) and poems (“Dance on the Mountain,” “The Hand,” “An Initiation,” “The Glass,” “Dead Tanks,” “The First Shot,” “Begging Bowl,” “Talking to God,” “At the Air Base,” “To the Oldest Homosapiens” and “3AM Washington, D.C.”).
You can view some of Harvey’s poems and Murphy’s photos at the Guardian. Then, watch a couple fan-shot clips of the singer’s performance below:
Some of the new songs Harvey debuted at Royal Festival Hall were among the lyric sheet replicas she auctioned off back in February. Likewise, many of the songs are the products of her public recording sessions at the Somerset House in London earlier this year.