PJ Harvey selling lyric sheet replicas from new album for £50

The reproductions are selling online following the musician's public album recording in London

PJ Harvey is selling replicas of the lyric sheets used in the formation of her new album.

The critically-acclaimed musician recently wrote and recorded the album at Somerset House in London in front of members of the public.

Members of the public were able to watch Harvey during 45-minute intervals as she and her band recorded the album at the venue. Harvey has claimed that she thinks the experiment will “help tap into a different level of consciousness”.

Now, Harvey is selling packs of eight lyric sheet reproductions for £50 at the Somerset House website. A description says the lyric sheets were “reproduced to illustrate how the process of songwriting entails numerous drafts”.

The album will be Harvey’s first since ‘Let England Shake’, which was released in 2011. She is also working on her first poetry book, The Hollow Of The Hand, which is due out this autumn.

Those who attended the public sessions were given a programme, which includes an interview between Harvey and Michael Morris of collaborators ArtAngel. In the interview Harvey answers questions on her songwriting process, as well as how she records in the studio and her history with art and poetry.

Asked what drew her to Somerset House, Harvey explained that “When you’re making music with other people in a space, you connect on a very primal level in a musical conversation, communicating emotionally and musically. There’s very little barrier and you’re not only letting in the other musicians and the music, but also the surroundings and being open to everything that’s ever gone on in and around the space.”

In his blog for Uncut, John Mulvey noted that during his visit last month (January 20), Harvey was recording one song with the repeated refrain “God sent you”. “The number of musicians is sparse,” he reported. “But the sound is dense and frictional; ‘Is This Desire?’ might be the closest comparison, though it may also be a mistake to draw comparisons at this early stage. It is, though, a short and instantly excellent song, and one whose catchiness will become apparent in the next 45 minutes. Harvey’s part ends with some virtuoso whoops.”

Meanwhile, a NME writer who attended one of the public sessions noted the following song titles written on the wall of the studio Harvey is recording in:

‘River Anacostia’
‘Homo Sappy Blues’
‘Medicinals’
‘Imagine This’
‘Chain Of Keys’
‘The Ministry Of Defence’
‘Near The Memorials To Vietnam & Lincoln’
‘The Boy’
‘A Dog Called Money’
‘A Line In The Sand’
‘The Ministry Of Social Affairs’
‘Dollar Dollar’
‘The Age Of The Dollar’
‘I’ll Be Waiting’
‘The Community Of Hope’
‘The Orange Monkey’
‘The Wheel’
‘Guilty’

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