PJ Harvey – The Hope Six Demolition Project – Demos (Demo) (2022) [FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

PJ Harvey – The Hope Six Demolition Project – Demos (Demo) (2022)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 35:40 minutes | 649 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © UMC (Universal Music Catalogue)

PJ Harvey has announced a reissue of 2016’s The Hope Six Demolition Project, her ninth album. She recorded the project in 2012 as part of a public art installation in London. The new edition arrives with The Hope Six Demolition Project – Demos on March 11. Listen to a demo version of “The Wheel” below.

The Hope Six Demolition Project is the latest among several of Harvey’s records that have reissued, following White Chalk and A Woman a Man Walked By, her 2009 collaborative album with John Parish. Let England Shake is next in the reissue campaign, set for January 28. In April, PJ Harvey will publish Orlam, a book-length narrative poem written in the Dorset dialect.

Years before Trump, Brexit, and the rise of authoritarianism around the world inspired other artists, PJ Harvey was making music about societal issues. While her second album to tackle these concerns, 2016’s The Hope Six Demolition Project, wasn’t as consistently brilliant as its predecessor, 2011’s Let England Shake, it reflected her commitment to embedding herself (and war photographer Seamus Murphy) in Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Washington, D.C., to tell its stories. However, The Hope Six Demolition Project: The Demos suggests that something may have been lost in translation when Harvey and her creative team went into the studio. While Let England Shake’s songs gained a dignified heft in their polished final form, the early versions of Hope Six’s songs often have a nimble immediacy that heightens their power. They’re often even more pared-down than the demos for her previous album were; frequently, it’s just Harvey and her guitar, and fans know how potent that combination is. Her voice and strumming ring out righteously on “The Wheel,” “The Community of Hope,” and “Near the Memorials to Vietnam and Lincoln,” all of which evoke the spirit of ’60s protest songs as much as her own early work. Occasionally, as on “Dollar Dollar,” Harvey’s sketches are so sparse that they threaten to float away. More often, though, the simpler approach on The Hope Six Demolition Project: The Demos lets the songs’ moods and details shine through in ways they didn’t on the studio versions. The meditative organ on “River Anacostia” is surprisingly affecting, as is the way the demo of “Chain of Keys” homes in on the song’s hypnotic melody. The spontaneity of these sessions suits the journalistic feel of songs as different as “The Ministry of Defence,” which feels just as startling here as it does on the final album, and the dreamlike version of “Orange Monkey.” While The Hope Six Demolition Project: The Demos is one of Harvey’s more unfinished-sounding sets of song sketches, sometimes that’s for the better — and, as always, it’s fascinating to hear her music in its rawest state. – Heather Phares

01. PJ Harvey – The Community Of Hope (Demo) (01:59)
02. PJ Harvey – The Ministry Of Defence (Demo) (03:55)
03. PJ Harvey – A Line In The Sand (Demo) (03:48)
04. PJ Harvey – Chain Of Keys (Demo) (03:30)
05. PJ Harvey – River Anacostia (Demo) (03:08)
06. PJ Harvey – Near The Memorials To Vietnam And Lincoln (Demo) (02:58)
07. PJ Harvey – The Orange Monkey (Demo) (03:21)
08. PJ Harvey – Medicinals (Demo) (02:35)
09. PJ Harvey – The Ministry Of Social Affairs (Demo) (02:59)
10. PJ Harvey – The Wheel (Demo) (03:57)
11. PJ Harvey – Dollar, Dollar (Demo) (03:26)



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