It marks only Harvey’s second new recording since the release of her tremendous 2011 LP, Let England Shake. Last August, she penned a protest single called “Shaker Aamer”, named after a British national who has been imprisoned by the United States in Guantanamo Bay since 2002.
Frequent collaborator and producer Flood enlisted Harvey’s help in an effort to make the BBC program come across less American. “We’re trying to make it feel much more European and British and PJ fits that bill perfectly,” Flood told NME. “I phoned Polly up and she was very interested. We’re trying to deconstruct all of Polly’s material and then weave it through, it’s very cutting-edge and modern.”
Harvey briefly dated Cave in the mid-1990s and they collaborated together on the song “Henry Lee”.