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Exclusive Video: PJ Harvey’s ‘Hanging In The Wire’

The song is the newest single from her LP ‘Let England Shake’

Check out the video for PJ Harvey’s “Hanging In The Wire,” the latest single from her LP Let England Shake. It was directed by British photographer Seamus Murphy, who sent Rolling Stone a detailed account of the making of the video:

“It opens with the legendary Ray Jones, bibliophile, wag and all-round good geezer looking like Flash Harry trying to sell you a dodgy pair of nylons. He memorized the lines in seconds and made them his own. And Polly loves Ray’s hat. Then Eype Church where the album was recorded, pictures from a small concert held there where the new work was showcased for the first time to friends and locals. The exterior in the snow was shot earlier in the day while the band were inside doing rehearsals. I wanted to link the inner mechanics of a piano with the wires and tripwires of World War frontlines and No Mans Land. I thought the sadness of Mick’s piano and lightness of Jean-Marc’s drumming could carry it. The birds are in Norfolk, the misty water scenes are Morden Hall Park in the early morning. The punt is Cambridge, echoes of war poets and a good life at home as war rages abroad. Mick Harvey joins the chorus and then musical wizard John Parish’s distinctive ending of the song ‘beating a guitar neck, laid on a chair and in am tuning,’ I am told.”

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