PJ Harvey shares new video for ‘The Orange Monkey’

The third track from number one album 'The Hope Six Demolition Project'

PJ Harvey has shared a new video for latest single ‘The Orange Monkey’. It’s the third track to be taken from her chart-topping album ‘The Hope Six Demolition Project’.

The video is directed by Seamus Murphy, who also worked with PJ Harvey on 2011’s Let England Shake film. ‘The Orange Monkey’ was shot in Afghanistan; Murphy is familiar with the country after his cinematography work on 2011’s A Darkness Visible: Afghanistan.

Speaking in a press release, Murphy said: “The country is different each time; different politics, different conditions, different dangers and then there’s the physical differences brought about by the change in seasons.”


He explains that the film comes from work made over several trips but also harks back to memories dating back to his first visit to Afghanistan in 1994. “Songs gets drawn from many experiences and events in a writer’s life and some elements could equally fit other songs about other things,” he continues. “Films work in similar ways. Would the shot of the baker drinking his Chai Sabz (green tea) be any different had it been taken on an earlier or later trip?”

The material for the film was shot over two trips in 2012 and in 2014. In December 2012 Harvey joined the director and travelled around the country with him. Places featured are Kabul, Parwan, Nangarhar and Helmand Provinces.

“The Orange Monkey has warm, earthen colours with a pleasant, unrushed feel to it,” Murphy explains. “There’s an underlying melancholy, which is leavened by the strength and energy of the Afghan people. We know there is tragedy but what we see is resilience.”

You can watch the video for ‘The Orange Monkey’ below.