Hear How a Fifties Novelty Hit Influenced One of PJ Harvey's Best Songs

Hear How a Fifties Novelty Hit Influenced One of PJ Harvey's Best Songs

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12/2/2021 9:33:00 PM

Hear How a Fifties Novelty Hit Influenced One of PJ Harvey's Best Songs

“Let England Shake” demo will feature on upcoming Let England Shake – Demos release

, which became the title track of her 2010 LP, it was mostly in the rhythm of the percussion and guitar line. But here on the demo, you can hear Harvey singing along with the sample at the end. Another revealing moment comes when she starts playing along with the sample; it’s in a different key, adding to the chaos she’s singing about, and it foreshadows some of the dissonances of the album version.

The track will appear onLet England Shake – Demos, which contains early versions of the 12 songs that appear on the LP version ofLet England Shake, which is also getting a vinyl reissue. When the album came out, it was a critical success. It won the Mercury Prize and Album of the Year in the Ivor Novello Awards. Both reissues will come out on Jan. 28. The demos’ release will also be available digitally and on CD.

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