Goddam Europeans! New PJ Harvey Video

“Last Living Rose”
will be on 2011 album. View the clip, below.

 

By Blurt Staff

 

With
the music biz still abuzz over the recent news about PJ Harvey’s forthcoming
album Let England Shake (Feb. 15,
Vagrant; teaser track here), we’ve now got another sweet advance taste – a video for the album track “Last
Living Rose.” The track features Harvey
on vocals, guitar and sax, John Parish on drums, guitar and trombone, and Mick
Harvey on drums and organ.

 

It
was directed by award-winning photographer  Seamus Murphy, who has directed a series of
videos to accompany all 12 songs on ‘Let England Shake’. The 12 videos will
feature still and moving images from a 5,000 mile road-trip Murphy undertook
around England.
He has worked similarly with still photography on journeys through America and Russia.

 

Inspired
and developed from themes in Harvey’s
new album, the films were made in the manner of classic photographic
reportage – recording real & spontaneous situations. They make up a visual
diary of Murphy’s journey, travelling light and alone, and his attempt to
document England
and the English.

 

Murphy
has mixed his observations on England
with images from his work in Afghanistan,
Iraq and the Middle East –
places Polly refers to in her depiction of England.  The film soundtrack,
the studio recording of the album ‘Let England Shake’, is mixed at times
with footage and audio Murphy captured of Harvey in rehearsal and in performance. In
addition some of the album lyrics were given a voice by people he encountered
on his journey.

 

“The Last Living
Rose” Lyrics

Goddam’ Europeans!

Take me back to England

& the grey, damp
filthiness of ages,

fog rolling down behind
the mountains,

& on the graveyards,
and dead sea-captains.

 

Let me walk through the
stinking alleys

to the music of drunken
beatings,

past the Thames River,
glistening like gold

hastily sold for nothing.

 

Let me watch night fall
on the river,

the moon rise up and turn
to silver,

the sky move,

the ocean shimmer,

the hedge shake,

the last living rose
quiver.
 

 

 

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