PJ Harvey to record album in public


Published: Friday 2nd January 2015 by The News Editor

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Mercury Prize-winning musician PJ Harvey is to record her next album in public as her studio becomes an art installation.

The star will spend four weeks on her ninth album as she conducts the entire process along with her band and production team behind one-way-mirrored glass at Somerset House in London.

The Recording In Progress project will be staged in a box which will be situated in a recently-opened wing of the venue and it has been described as “a mutating, multi-dimensional sound sculpture”.

Her last release, 2011’s Let England Shake, a collection of songs inspired by conflicts around the world, was her second Mercury winner, taking the prize for the best album of the year ten years after Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea was honoured.

Harvey said: “I want Recording in Progress to operate as if we’re an exhibition in a gallery. I hope visitors will be able to experience the flow and energy of the recording process.”

She will work with producers Flood and long-time collaborator John Parish to make the album in what used to be the Inland Revenue’s staff gymnasium and rifle range.

Visitors, who will pay up to £15 for 45-minute slots, will be able to watch the recording sessions at various stages as the band work on ideas for tracks, record new parts or simply discuss how to make progress.

The project is being presented by art-commissioning organisation Artangel and Somerset House.

The co-directors of Artangel, James Lingwood and Michael Morris, said in a statement: “The working process of a project has always been as important to us as its public presentation and here both can be fully explored and revealed at the same time.”

Recording In Progress will take place from January 16 to February 14.

Harvey was awarded an MBE for her services to music in 2013.

Published: Friday 2nd January 2015 by The News Editor

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