PJ Harvey has set a summer release for her sixth studio album, and first in almost four years.
The yet-untitled record follows Stories From the City, Stories From the Sea, and like that album finds Polly Jean Harvey backed by Rob Ellis (who will release his own album in April) on drums. Harvey produced the album and again teamed with Head to mix it. Among the album's song titles are "Who the Fuck?," "Shame" and "The Life and Death of Mr. Badmouth."
Harvey currently has two performances scheduled, both this summer in Europe, though her Web site suggests that touring and promotion could begin as early as April. On May 29th she'll headline the Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona, followed by a concert at the Zenith in Paris on June 23rd.
Harvey's own record follows a busy period of making guest appearances on other artists' albums. Since Stories' release, Harvey has appeared on recordings by John Parish (who played on some of Harvey's Nineties recordings), Giant Sand, Mark Lanegan, Gordon Gano and Josh Homme's Desert Sessions series.