Following on from the two-track preview of her upcoming album The Hope Six Demolition Project, due April this year and recorded at Somerset House at sessions open to the public via one way mirrors, PJ Harvey has dropped a video documenting her trips across Eastern European ex-Serbian state Kosovo during 2011 and 2015.
The video sees Harvey team up with regular collaborator Seamus Murphy, with the pair previously having worked on the musicians first ever poetry book together as well as 12 short films for her 2011 album, Let England Shake.
On the development of making the video and the changing Kosovan landscape between the two trips, Murphy told Noisey, “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.”
Further emphasising the importance of actually visiting the state which inspired her, Harvey said, “gathering information from secondary sources felt too far removed for what I was trying to write about. I wanted to smell the air, feel the soil and meet the people of the countries I was fascinated with.”