Esteemed photographer Seamus Murphy has directed 12 short films to accompany PJ Harvey‘s upcoming LP Let England Shake. The first video to air is ‘The Last Living Rose’ and it’s a stunning collection of evocative still and moving images with an equally stunning song from Polly Jean as we’ve never heard her before, warm, soft and cheery even.
‘Let England Shake’ is set for release on Island Records on February 14th, 2011.
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Inspired and developed from themes in Harvey’s new album, the films were made in the manner of classic photographic reportage – recording real & spontaneous situations. They make up a visual diary of Murphy’s journey, travelling light and alone, and his attempt to document England and the English.
Murphy has mixed his observations on England with images from his work in Afghanistan, Iraq and the Middle East – places Polly refers to in her depiction of England. The film soundtrack, the studio recording of the album ‘Let England Shake’, is mixed at times with footage and audio Murphy captured of Harvey in rehearsal and in performance. In addition some of the album lyrics were given a voice by people he encountered on his journey.