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PJ Harvey // ‘Let England Shake: 12 Short Films by Seamus Murphy’ DVD release

| On 01, Dec 2011

The short films created by Seamus Murphy to accompany each of the 12 tracks on PJ Harvey’s ‘Let England Shake’ will be released on DVD by Island Records on 12th December 2011.

Award-winning war reportage photographer Seamus Murphy travelled across England to create a complete visual accompaniment to Harvey’s album, combining his observations on England with images from his work in Afghanistan, Iraq and the Middle East, places referred to by Harvey on Let England Shake. The DVD includes a previously unseen film for the track ‘England’ as well as notes from Murphy on the making of each film.
The release of ‘Let England Shake: 12 Short Films by Seamus Murphy’ concludes a significant year for PJ Harvey. Let England Shake, her eighth studio album, was released to critical acclaim in February 2011 becoming the fastest selling album of her career. The record was awarded the 2011 Barclaycard Mercury Prize for Album of the Year, distinguishing Harvey as the first artist to win the award for a second time with the Guardian commenting that ‘Let England Shake has cemented Harvey’s position in the British rock establishment’. The album has gone on to top numerous end of year polls including those of Uncut, Q and Mojo. Other highlights included an award for Outstanding Contribution to Music at the NME Awards earlier this year, as well as a live solo performance on The Andrew Marr Show in front of fellow guest Prime Minister David Cameron.
A live tour opened in Paris in February seeing Harvey play a string of sold out dates across the UK, Europe and the US, including appearances at London’s Troxy as well as Bestival, Isle of Wight and Coachella Festivals, before returning to the London for two triumphant shows at the Royal Albert Hall, ahead of dates in Australia this coming January.
The full DVD tracklisting is as follows:
1:Let England Shake
2:The Last Living Rose
3:The Glorious Land
4:The Words That Maketh Murder
5:All And Everyone
6:On Battleship Hill
8:In The Dark Places
9:Bitter Branches
10:Hanging In The Wire
11:Written On The Forehead
12:The Colour Of The Earth
13:England (Solo Version)