Thursday, April 27, 2023

PJ Harvey - "A Child's Question, August"

Photo by Steve Gullick

One of my major musical fandom regrets is taking so long to get into PJ Harvey. I even saw her once back in 1995 opening for Live, but I wasn't ready then. I've recently jumped fully on the PJ Harvey bandwagon, just in time for her first new music in seven years. "A Child's Question, August" shows a more mellow side of Harvey. It's a gorgeous and welcoming ballad that is going to appeal to longtime fans. While many of her peers have mellowed out but have seemed to lost what made them so great thirty plus years into a career, Harvey is showing exactly how to make more mellow music that is just as vital as the classics. "A Child's Question, August" needs to be on the very top of your must listens this week.

PJ Harvey says of her upcoming album:

“I think the album is about searching, looking - the intensity of first love, and seeking meaning. Not that there has to be a message, but the feeling I get from the record is one of love – it’s tinged with sadness and loss, but it’s loving. I think that's what makes it feel so welcoming: so open.”

You can watch the video for "A Child's Question, August" below. I Inside the Old Year Dying is due out July 7 on Partisan Records, and is available for pre-order here. For more on PJ Harvey, check out the artist's website.

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