PJ Harvey recently announced the details of her new album, I Inside the Old Year Dying, which is being released on July 7 via Partisan. Today, Harvey’s shared the sort-of title track, “I Inside the Old I Dying,” in addition to announcing a Europe and UK tour this fall. Check out those dates below, and hear the new song.
Harvey said in a statement, “This delicate and beautiful song eluded us until the very last day in the studio. Over the previous five weeks we had tried so many times to capture it and failed, but then John reinvented the feel of the guitar pattern. As he was demonstrating it in the control room, Flood handed me a microphone and pressed record whilst I sat next to John trying to work out how to sing to it. The result somehow captures the ethereal and melancholic longing I was looking for.
“In the lyric everyone is waiting for the saviour to reappear – everyone and everything anticipates the arrival of this figure of love and transformation.
“There is a sense of sexual longing and awakening and of moving from one realm into another – from child to adult, from life to death and the eternal.”
PJ Harvey tour dates:
9-22 Dublin, Ireland – 3Olympia Theatre
9-23 Dublin, Ireland- 3Olympia Theatre
9-25 Glasgow, Scotland – Barrowland
9-26 Glasgow, Scotland – Barrowland
9-28 London, England – Roundhouse
9-29 London, England – Roundhouse
10-2 Manchester, England – Albert Hall
10-3 Manchester, England – Albert Hall
10-6 Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso
10-7 Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso
10-9 Brussels, Belgium – Cirque Royal
10-10 Brussels, Belgium – Cirque Royal
10-12 Paris, France – Olympia
10-13 Paris, France – Olympia
10-15 Zurich, Switzerland – Volkshaus
10-16 Zurich, Switzerland – Volkshaus
10-18 Prague, Czech Republic – Velký sál Lucerna
10-19 Prague, Czech Republic – Velký sál Lucerna
10-21 Berlin, Germany – Admiralspalast
10-22 Berlin, Germany – Admiralspalast
10-24 Warsaw, Poland – Palladium
10-25 Warsaw, Poland – Palladium
10-27 Copenhagen, Denmark – Falkonersalen
10-28 Copenhagen, Denmark – Falkonersalen
10-30 Oslo, Norway – Sentrum Scene
10-31 Oslo, Norway – Sentrum Scene
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