PJ Harvey explains the story behind ‘White Chalk’

Dorset landscape not an inspiration

PJ Harvey has spoken about her new album ‘White Chalk’, and explained the reason behind the title.

In an interview with The Sun, the singer disregarded any suggestion that the title is in homage to her native homeland of Dorset, where white chalk is famously synonymous with the landscape.

“The white chalk of the West Country hills was not consciously my inspiration at all for this record,” she insisted.


“I just like the sound of the words white chalk. It can be millions of years old but erased in a second, and somehow has a timeless quality,” she added, before concluding: “The timelessness became more the source of inspiration.”

‘White Chalk’ is released on September 24.