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PJ Harvey plans to start work on new album in early 2015

PJ Harvey will soon begin work on a new album, the follow-up to 2011’s Mercury Prize-winning Let England Shake.

This according to long-time collaborator Mick Harvey, who revealed the news at a keynote interview as part of the BIGSOUND music industry conference in Brisbane today. Harvey – who co-produced and played on Let England Shake – said he was being summoned to work on the album in early-2014. He said he had heard the latest batch of demos, which were typically “”very strange””:https://twitter.com/MUSICSA/status/510256638385995777.

Interviewed by former BIGSOUND curator and Footstomp Music founder Graham Ashton, Harvey also discussed why he decided to quite Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds in 2010 and why he wasn’t involved in 2004’s Uh Huh Her and 2007’s White Chalk. He spoke about various aspects of his career – from the Birthday Party to his solo career – and recalled stories from his time as “manager” of the Bad Seeds.

Harvey’s BIGSOUND keynote followed a performance last night at Brisbane’s Black Bear Lodge as part of Jess Ribeiro’s band. The conference just wrapped up this afternoon. Full report and live coverage to come.

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PJ Harvey, meanwhile, has been pretty quiet since the release of a protest song, ‘Shaker Aamer’, last year. She just last week received an honorary degree from Goldsmiths University in London, alongside human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell and journalist Neal Ascherson.

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