Watch PJ Harvey's Gothic-Realist Music Video "Community of Hope"
Fri, 18 Mar 2016 23:14:14
PJ Harvey's latest single "Community of Hope," from her upcoming new album, The Hope Six Demolition Project, takes you on a visual tour of Washington D.C., New York City, and elsewhere. The Seamus Murphy-directed video's documentary style reflects Harvey's D.C.-specific lyrics which reference the HOPE VI public housing project. The video begins with a narrator skeptically summarizing the said project's history.
"They took an old, notorious housing project and they leveled it, and they rebuilt it as mixed income housing, and they called it Hope 6. It's supposed to rejuvenate everything. It certainly looks a lot better."
The video's rose-colored lens balances Harvey's bleak lyrical turns; at one point she bluntly assess a local school; singing, "looks like a ****hole." The video ends with a so-bad-so-good gospel chorus singing the refrain "They're gonna put a Wal-Mart here."
With "Community of Hope," Harvey's captured the ear of D.C. politicians. Several politicians responded to "Community of Hope" with criticism, including former mayor Vince Gray, who's running for the Ward 7 city council seat, who said: "I will not dignify this inane composition with a response." His campaign treasurer served this tasty comparison: "PJ Harvey is to music what Piers Morgan is to cable news."
Previously, Harvey released the single "The Wheel," a cheery ditty with lyrics about missing children.
The Hope Six Demolition Project is the follow-up to 2011's Mercury Prize-winning war-themed album, Let England Shake, and will be released April 15 on Island Records.For more on PJ Harvey, check out:
PJ Harvey Criticized By Washington D.C. Politicians Over New Song "Community of Hope"
PJ Harvey to Release New Album; Watch A Clip
—The ARTISTdirect Staff