PJ Harvey’s latest studio album, The Hope Six Demolition Project, is due out on April 15 of this year, and she’s been teasing its material pretty constantly for the past few months. She released “The Wheel” little more than a week ago, and now she’s let forth the video, directed by Harvey’s longtime collaborator, filmmaker and photographer Seamus Murphy.
The clip operates in the same world as the dozen clips Murphy directed to go along with Harvey’s last album, 2011’s Let England Shake, meaning that the duration of the video is realist footage compiled to look “found,” but images appear in accordance with the lyrics (a wheel appears, for example, when Harvey says the word “wheel”) so that they do not look totally “found,” or even “stolen” from a YouTube account, or ancient VHS, or whatever else.
The video premiered at Noisey, where Murphy provided some insight into the project, specifically the source of “The Wheel.”
The song ‘The Wheel’ has the journey to Kosovo at its center. Who is to say what else has influenced and informed its creation? The sight of a revolving fairground wheel in Fushe Kosove/Kosovo Polje near the capital Pristina is the concrete reference point for the title.
Read more at Noisey, and watch the video below.