Thursday, June 8, 2023

PJ Harvey - "I Inside the Old I Dying"

Photo by Steve Gulick

The word haunting gets thrown around a lot when it comes to music, but it is fitting for the latest from PJ Harvey. The legendary musician has released "I Inside the Old I Dying," a very lo-fi and beautiful sounding new single. The song is filled with melancholy, and Harvey's vocals are just exquisite on this one. That's despite the vocals being recorded in a way that Harvey sounds distant, almost from another realm. PJ Harvey has been blowing away audiences with some of the most interesting and unique music for three decades now, and it's amazing that she continues to do so while many of her peers or firmly on the nostalgia circuit. 

PJ Harvey says of her new single:

“This delicate and beautiful song eluded us until the very last day in the studio. Over the previous five weeks we had tried so many times to capture it and failed, and/but then John reinvented the feel of the guitar pattern.  As he was demonstrating it in the control room, Flood handed me a microphone and pressed record whilst I sat next to John trying to work out how to sing to it. The result somehow captures the ethereal and melancholic longing I was looking for.

"In the lyric everyone is waiting for the savior to reappear – everyone and everything anticipates the arrival of this figure of love and transformation.

"There is a sense of sexual longing and awakening and of moving from one realm into another – from child to adult, from life to death and the eternal.”

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

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