Seems to have been a really low key release but I think the All About Eve soundtrack is wonderful. Exactly what I was hoping for from PJ after Hope Six - a leftfield move.
Apparently she’s also done the music for Shane Meadow’s new tv series, so I really hope we are going to get lots more scores from her.
A couple of months ago I was thinking it was going to be pretty weird to think that she’d only released 2 albums in the 2010s and I was beginning to wonder if she had just lost her inspiration a bit. Hope 6 isn’t terrible but imo it just felt lacklustre musically, like she’d spent too much time thinking through the lyrical themes and that the music had been an afterthought where she’d ended up falling back on working with musical collaborators who weren’t really offering or inspiring anything new.
I love PJ but I’m not uncritical - she does seem (imo) to be an artist who occasionally runs into a bit of an artistic dead end that she needs to jolt herself out of.
Anyone else bother with All About Eve? Views? What would you like next from PJ?
Personally my favourite musical bits from Hope 6 were the saxophone so I ended up wishing she’d done a sort of saxophone equivalent to her piano on White Chalk - just going full in even though her playing may be limited. But honestly I think I’d be really happy if she moved full time into making scores now, I can really see her producing compelling work where you have to work within external constraints.
Not heard the All About Eve soundtrack yet but she does increasingly take her time between studio albums since White Chalk so I imagine it’ll be a while yet before the next one. Despite one or two lyrical clunkers I liked Hope Six though it’s more second tier PJ Harvey for sure.
Wouldn’t do for me to be in a PJ thread without repping for 4 Track Demos - an incredible set of recordings.
The former being a fully realised, well produced, coherent piece of art. The latter is a raw force of nature. Opposite ends of the spectrum. Both brilliant, and beyond the spectrum most artists would consider possible.
Hope Six haters eg @Zygotic and @thewza should listen to the 2nd half, start at track 6. I felt it was much stronger that half and only really got into it after I realised that. The Wheel is a great track.