Can PJ Harvey do no wrong? Her new single suggests not. “The Words That Maketh Murder”, the first release from her new album, is as explicit as it is melodic.
The track’s anti-war lyrics coupled with the airy Autoharp riff, affords it a menacing air. Fortunately, Harvey has deftly sidestepped the occasionally patronising tone often achieved by songs with a “message”.
The album, Let England Shake, is due out 14th February. War photographer Seamus Murphy created the video, the first of twelve short films, one for each track of the album. Created from footage filmed around England as well as performance footage of Harvey, it is simple and stark, perfectly matched to the track.
“The Words That Maketh Murder” is out now to download.
Words by Toni Houghton