PJ Harvey’s new album The Hope Six Demolition Project, out April 15th, is inspired by the musician’s travels to various countries over the last half decade. Lead single “The Wheel”, for example, was born out of Harvey’s time in Kosovo between 2011 and 2015. As such, the single’s newly revealed video collects footage shot from these visits.
As director Seamus Murphy explained (via Noisey), “The song ‘The Wheel’ has the journey to Kosovo at its center. Who is to say what else has influenced and informed its creation? The sight of a revolving fairground wheel in Fushe Kosove/Kosovo Polje near the capital Pristina is the concrete reference point for the title. … Was that sight alone the inspiration for the song? Without being told the stories of people who had suffered during the war, without visiting villages abandoned through ethnic cleansing and cycles of vengeance, without experiencing the different perceptions of people with shared histories, could the song have been written?
He continued, “I made a return trip to Kosovo in December 2015, armed this time with the knowledge of how the project had developed. … The enormous refugee crisis in Europe had been news for months. I spent some time on the Greek and Macedonian borders, and in Serbia, before traveling into Kosovo. It was happening in and through territories associated with recent conflicts in Kosovo and the wider Balkans. The idea of cycles, wheels and repetition once again being all too apparent and necessary to make.”
Watch the video for “The Wheel” below. For more on The Hope Six Demolition Project. also check out the album’s teaser trailer featuring a snippet of another new song called “The Community of Hope”.