PJ Harvey has just published video of the second song, The Last Living Rose, from her up-coming album Let England Shake. It seems as if Polly was going some folksy way. It’s an easy to clamp, easy to clap rhythm that leads the whole song through it’s joyous melodic guitar with enthusiastic saxophone solo coming as a solo after the first verse. The Last Living Rose shows Polly’s sunnier face that enjoys skies, rivers and books of England, that is “goddamn” better than Europe. Here, she changes her role of a story-teller into perceiving all the images and re-telling the impressions into an artificial collage of the world around her. Let England Shake is accompanied by 12 videos, each for every song, that were filmed by director Seamus Murphy, who made a road-trip through whole England. Although the pictures (as if coming from very static presentation) are nice and calming, they feel somehow underwhelming, as they move on the surface of Polly’s words, but don’t delve deeper. Anyway, this easy-going face of PJ Harvey is surprising and more songs will show, if it’s going to be another shift in her career, or if she count on her old fans.
Plus, don’t forget to hear her first published song, Written On The Forehead.