Singer opens up about the lyrics of her new album

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PJ Harvey has given a rare interview to NME in which she discussed her new album’s political inspiration.

In the video interview, above, Harvey opened up about ‘Let England Shake’ being motivated by the ongoing conflicts in the world.

Asked about the album’s lyrics, she said: “I’ve always been very affected by what’s going on in the world, politically, socially, in every way.”

She added that, although she’s always followed world politics, it was only during the writing of ‘Let England Shake’ that she felt comfortable enough to take them on lyrically.

“I never felt that I had reached the place with my writing that I could talk about these things well, in a language that would work. I think if you’re going to talk about giant subject matter, you’ve got to do it well and I didn’t think I had the skill as a writer to do that, up until this point,” she said.

‘Let England Shake’ is released on February 14.

Get the new issue of NME, on UK newsstands and available digitally now, to read a full feature with PJ Harvey.