PJ Harvey Let England Shake video (Seamus Murphy)

24 Feb

PJ Harvey Let England ShakeFor the past week I’ve been pretty much obsessed with the latest PJ Harvey album, Let England Shake. This is a bit weird for three reasons:

1) I’ve never listened to a PJ Harvey album before
2) I haven’t listened to an album repeatedly, all the way through, for years
3) There are no dubstep bangers on there

The genius of the album is in the way it blends bleak war poetry with a sort of distant, ethereal approximation of folk music to create a statement that is as English as misplaced stoicism but also warmly universal, by virtue of the humanist themes explored throughout. And stuff.

PJ Harvey has worked with photojournalist Seamus Murphy to create videos for the album, including the title track posted below. If you are unfamiliar with Murphy, you should investigate his work. While it might have been his photos from Afghanistan that caught Harvey’s eye, his warzone reportage is more than matched by the rest of his portfolio, notably a stark, eerie account of an Ebola outbreak in Uganda in 2000.

Very good. Let’s have another one while we’re here.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: