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Listen: PJ Harvey’s New Song ‘Written On The Forehead’

Track is first single from Harvey’s ‘Let England Shake, out in February

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The first track from PJ Harvey‘s forthcoming LP Let England Shake was posted on her website today. Entitled “Written On The Forehead,” the song is a haunting ballad that samples what sounds like a mid-century spiritual song with a refrain of “Let It Burn.” The disc, produced by Flood (U2, Smashing Pumpkins) at a 19th-century church in Dorset England, is Harvey’s first release since 2007s White Chalk. She plans on supporting it with a tour that kicks off around the LP’s February release date.

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Last April Harvey went on British television to perform the title track, which is written around a sample of the Four Lads’ 1953 hit “Istanbul (Not Constantinople).” See that performance below.

Here’s the complete track listing for Let England Shake.

“Let England Shake”

“The Last Living Rose”

“The Glorious Land”

“The Words That Maketh Murder”

“All and Everyone”

“On Battleship Hill”


“In the Dark Places”

“Bitter Branches”

“Hanging in the Wire”

“Written on the Forehead”

“The Colour of the Earth”


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