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PJ Harvey previews next album

on April 19, 2010, 2:15pm

The last we heard from PJ Harvey, she was busy touring the world with John Parrish in support of A Woman a Man Walked By. That was in the summer of 2009.

So what has she been doing since then? Well, this past weekend, she answered some of those questions. Appearing on BBC’s 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. “I’ve written about half of my new record on one of these,” Harvey explained, referring to the autoharp. “I’ve got three autoharps and I’ve had them tuned in slightly different chords, uh, fixtures here, so that they’re slightly out of the normal line of what an autoharp would sound like. There’s a lot more minor keys, a lot of darker keys.”

She continued: “The next body of work [‘Let England Shake’], it’s 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 I’ve just been looking out, so it’s not only to do with taking a look at England, but taking a look at the world and what’s happening in the current day world affairs. But always trying to come from the human point of view because I don’t 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.