Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Song Review - The Wheel

by PJ Harvey
Album: The Hope Six Demolition Project (out 15 April, 2016)

Now you see them, now you don't
Children vanish 'hind a vehicle
Now you see them, now you don't
Faces, limbs, a bouncing skull

PJ Harvey has been the champion for many causes over the years. Her music has been raw, powerful and full of meaning. And never has this been more true than on 'The Wheel', the lead single for her ninth studio album. Whether you take it as an examination of the true victims of war and crime or a passive and realistic view on the world's reaction to missing children cases, you'll be left in awe of the magic that PJ Harvey weaves throughout her music. The video for the song specifically takes a look at the effects of the war in Kosovo. More often than not, Harvey's music leaves you shaking your head at the world, the government and even yourself and this is no exception. 'The Wheel' doesn't branch far from the music we came to expect on the Mercury Music Prize winning album, Let England Shake. Specifically 'The Words That Maketh Murder' finds itself channeled here and the results are just as memorable as they were in 2011. 

If you invest yourself in everything that Harvey has to offer, from the striking words to the imagery of the spectacular video and the saxophone driving the tune along... you won't be able to not love this and find yourself questioning so much about the world around you. There's just over two months to go until The Hope Six Demolition Project is available to all. It's shaping up to be another brilliant PJ Harvey experience. And who knows, maybe it'll see one of the world's most treasured music makers take out the Mercury Music Prize for the third time in her illustrious career. 

Matt Bond gives 'The Wheel' four and a half golden crown emoji out of five...

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