PJ Harvey on iTunes
If you don’t know PJ Harvey, you should. Her career went crazy in the ‘90s and early ‘00s, and though she has gone nowhere, it is resurging with the album she released in February, an iTunes session, and recognition through the Mercury award she won recently.
PJ Harvey has won the UK’s 2011 Mercury Music Prize for her eighth studio album, Let England Shake (Vagrant/Island), and is now the first person to win the award twice.
This was Harvey’s fourth nomination; she was previously nominated for Rid of Me in 1993 and To Bring You My Love in 1995. In 2001, she won the award with Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea. She accepted this award from her hotel room in Washington DC on September 11, 2001.
"It's really good to be here as when I last won ten years ago on September 11 I was in DC watching the Pentagon burn from my hotel room," she told the audience at the 2011 awards ceremony in London.
This latest nomination also marks ten years since she became the first female to win the Mercury prize, and Harvey now stands alongside Radiohead as the most nominated artist in the prize’s history.
In the press room after the awards, PJ Harvey said, “I think there is a connection between what happened ten years ago and the content of this album, in a certain way. Obviously this record that I’ve won with is largely about the wars that we’re involved in, contemporary wars, but also, I wanted in a way for it to be timeless, because we’ve always been involved in wars. But I think that the greater urgency that I felt to write an album about this now is because of the result of what has happened in the last ten years."
Harvey feels blessed with her success: "I feel surprised and astonished that I’ve won twice and I do feel proud, it’s amazing, I can’t quite take it in but at the same time I feel that making music and words is very important to me and I’ve always tried to make it the best it could possibly be and I hope to continue doing that. I hope to be back here again in another ten years’ time with another record because it’s very important to me to keep making word that is of relevance, not just to myself but to other people.”
PJ Harvey just released an exclusive iTunes Session: http://bit.ly/pjharveyitunes. The EP features seven recently recorded live tracks along with an interview with the songwriter and musician. The session includes four songs from her most recent album as well as three of her most widely acclaimed songs from past albums.
iTunes Session track listing:
1. Let England Shake
2. The Words That Maketh Murder
3. The Last Living Rose
4. Written On The Forehead
6. C’Mon Billy
7. Down By The Water
8 - Interview -
For more on PJ Harvey, please visit www.vagrant.com