Published Nov 23, 2010This Valentine's season is going to be a moody one. Between the Twilight Singers dropping a new set of gloomy soul rock and Mogwai debuting another temperamental platter of atmospheric post-rock that week, there's a good chance we single folk will be cranking these discs while cradling a box of chocolates in one arm and some tissues in the other. The announcement of a new PJ Harvey record has now upped the stakes of our night alone. As great as it is to have Harvey back in the game, how much musical melodrama can a rock fan's heart take?
While earlier this fall we hinted at a new Harvey record coming out sometime next year, a posting on her website this morning (November 23) confirmed that the songstress will unleash Let England Shake, her eighth studio album, on February 14 via Island Records.
The album once again pairs her with producer Flood and was recorded in a 19th century church in Dorset, England. Other old friends participating in the new platter include Mick Harvey and John Parish, the latter having shared top billing with Harvey on their 2009 collaboration A Woman a Man Walked By.
A tracklisting hasn't been released, but we're betting "Let England Shake," the eerie autoharp and "Istanbul (Not Constantinople)"-sampling composition Harvey premiered on the BBC's Andrew Marr show last April, will be featured somewhere in the mix. Check out the out-there number below.
Harvey has also announced a handful of European shows with the promise of more gigs to come.
2/18 Brussels, Belgium - Cirque Royal
2/19 Brussels, Belgium - Cirque Royale
2/21 Berlin, Germany - Admiralspalast
2/24 Paris, France - Olympia
2/25 Paris, France - Olympia
2/27 London, England - Troxy
2/28 London, England - Troxy