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April 14, 2011 / Henning

let england shake

[photo by daniel hartwig cc by]

on saturday it is time to celebrate the annual world record store day. my way to commemorate this event would be to go to several record stores in my neigbourhood, attend some concerts and finally purchase one of the best albums the year has brought us yet: let england shake by pj harvey.

coincidentally pj released two new music videos yesterday. photographer/director seamus murphy has made a video for every song on let england shake. he recorded the material on a 5000 mile trip through england intending to document the land and its inhabitants. these videos are released in intervals.

the two new videos are excellent. admittedly there are better songs to be found on let england shake.

here are some explanatory notes by seamus murphy:
“it opens in the house in berlin i was staying while editing the films with sebastian gollek. this is franz, sebastian’s stepfather. i liked having a german reciting the opening lines to a song written from and about the other side of the trenches. the bingo ladies were shot on canvey island, near southend in essex. liked connecting them with the rockabilly/skiffle sound at the beginning of the track. maybe when they were young women they jived to that sound? the bingo hall might have been a dance hall in their day. canvey island was certainly home to dr. feelgood.”

sadly i have not found comments for the second video, but i can think of worse things. enjoy the pureness.

via sick mouthy and loft 965


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