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Stream PJ Harvey's new song 'The Crowded Cell'


PJ Harvey has premiered her latest song, ‘The Crowded Cell’, written exclusively from an upcoming Shane Meadows TV series.

While there has been no discussion of Harvey releasing a new album, she has been busy creating the score for stage production All About Eve, writing music for British thriller, Dark River, and now creating the music for Shane Meadows’ latest drama The Virtues.

From the project with Meadows, Harvey has released ‘The Crowded Cell’ as a taster. The song will be heard playing over the closing credits of the four-episode series.

“I am so happy to have provided the original music for this extraordinary and powerful new drama by a director I have admired and followed all my life,” Harvey said in a press release. “Shane has a unique directness and sensitivity to his work which I am drawn to and aspire to in my own work, so our collaboration was open and trusting.”

She continued: “I sent Shane ideas as demos for him to try out as he edited and let him choose what he used and where to the greatest effect. In the end we both loved how the demos worked so left them as they were, adding to the raw beauty of the piece.”

Here it is:

Harvey has also recently released the official score she created for the new Ivo van Hove-directed play All About Eve.

Starring the likes of Gillian Anderson and Lily James, the play is a new adaptation of the Academy Award-winning film by Joseph L. Mankiewicz.

“I have always loved stories, and so to compose music to support and enhance a story being told is a challenge I enjoy,” PJ Harvey said in a statement. “I also love the freedom that working instrumentally can give me without the constraints of song form.”

She added: “For All About Eve I chose to work with my long-time collaborator James Johnston as he has a soulfulness and sensitivity to his playing that inspires me. 

“I also worked with Kenrick Rowe who has a versatility to his drumming I knew I could experiment with until I found what was right.”

Here it is: