PJ Harvey plans to start recording her ninth album this month, and she’s going about it in an unusual way. The recording process will be an exhibit at the Somerset House, a London arts and cultural center. She’ll be working with her longtime collaborators Flood and John Parish.
Called Recording in Progress, the exhibit begins January 16 and will be open every day except for Sunday. The recording takes place within an architectural installation described in an event listing as “a recording studio in the form of an enclosed box,” which “has one-way glazing, displaying PJ Harvey, her band, producers and engineers as a mutating, multi-dimensional sound sculpture.” Visitors witness “a particular moment in the studio.”
Harvey is set to publish her first book of poetry, titled The Hollow of the Hand, in October; her poem “The Guest Room” recently appeared in The New Yorker. Her last album was 2011′s mighty Let England Shake. In the meantime, she has released a 2014 cover of Nick Cave’s “Red Right Hand” and a 2013 protest song titled “Shaker Aamer.”
The price to attend Recording in Progress is £15.00 (£12.00 for “concessions”). More details are on Somerset House’s website. Listen to “Shaker Aamer” below.