WATCH: PJ Harvey Records Her Impressions of Kosovo in “The Wheel” Video
From Harvey and director Seamus Murphy's travels through Kosovo in 2011.
PJ Harvey‘s new record, The Hope Six Demolition Project, was inspired in part by travels through Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Washington D. C. that she undertook with director and photojournalist Seamus Murphy. Today, Harvey and Murphy have released the first video from those travels, for Hope Six single “The Wheel.”
The pair captured the footage in part on a 2011 trip to Kosovo, where they had ventured for a screening of Murphy’s twelve short films about Harvey’s album Let England Shake. Murphy captures Harvey wandering through village streets (where she encounters a small parade), exploring abandoned buildings, and surveying a gray city landscape. Murphy returned to Kosovo in December of last year to document the migrant crisis in eastern Europe. “It was happening in and through territories associated with recent conflicts in Kosovo and the wider Balkans,” he said in a statement. The occurrence made “[the] idea of cycles, wheels, and repetition once again all too apparent and necessary to make.”
Check it out below.
The Hope Six Demolition Project is out April 15 on Vagrant.