So what has she been doing since then? Well, this past weekend, she answered some of those questions. Appearing on BBCs Andrew Marr Show on Sunday, Harvey debuted a new song titled “Let England Shake”, which heard the English musician bust out an autoharp behind a sample of The Four Lads’ “Istanbul (Not Constantinople)”. You can watch the video below (via TwentyFourBit).
Along with the performance, Harvey also talked about her next studio album. Ive written about half of my new record on one of these, Harvey explained, referring to the autoharp. Ive got three autoharps and Ive had them tuned in slightly different chords, uh, fixtures here, so that theyre slightly out of the normal line of what an autoharp would sound like. Theres a lot more minor keys, a lot of darker keys.
She continued: “The next body of work [Let England Shake], its an example of the whole album, really, in that I was looking outwards a lot more. I think a lot of my work has often been about the interior, the emotional, what happens inside oneself. This time Ive just been looking out, so its not only to do with taking a look at England, but taking a look at the world and whats happening in the current day world affairs. But always trying to come from the human point of view because I dont feel qualified to sing from a political standpoint.”
Below, watch videos of both the performance and interview. Then, get excited, because 2010 continues to just keep kicking ass.