It’s been four years since PJ Harvey last released a new album, but it seems the acclaimed singer-songwriter is sitting on a boatload of unreleased music. As Pitchfork reports, Harvey debuted ten new songs during a performance at the Royal Festival Hall in London last night.
Harvey, who played guitar and keyboard, was accompanied by frequent collaborator John Parish, as well as Gallon Drunk’s James Johnston. Song titles included: “Chain of Keys”, “The Wheel”, “The Orange Monkey”, “Dollar Dollar”, “The Community of Hope”, “Homo Sappy Blues”, “Medicinals”, “Near the Memorials to Vietnam and Lincoln”, “River Anacostia”, and “The Ministry of Social Affairs”. Watch a pair of fan-recorded clips below.
Update: Full video has surfaced of Harvey performing “Chain of Keys” and “The Ministry of Social Affairs”. Watch below.
“Chain of Keys”:
“The Ministry of Social Affairs”:
The performance was part of a larger multi-media presentation staged by photographer/filmmaker Seamus Murphy called “The Hollow of the Hand”, also the name Harvey and Murphy’s new book of poetry. In addition to music, the concert featured poetry, photos, and short films. Harvey read a number of these poems, three of which you can read at the Guardian.
Earlier this year, Harvey holed up at London’s Somerset House and recorded a new album in sessions open to the public. As of now, the album remains unreleased.