Swelling keyboard, swampy vocals, scratchy guitars, jangly percussion, an echoing tambourine, some distant vocal samples and a lot of reverb. I’m sure you never wondered how PJ Harvey might sound when out on a dubby reggae trip. But you get the answer anyway and it actually sounds good.
Written on the forehead is the first single taken from PJ Harvey’s new album Let England Shake. It was recorded inside a church in Dorset, England with assistance from producer Flood and musicians Mick Harvey and John Parish.
For those of you who might not immediately recognise the sample that fills the background, here it is in full. Niney the Observer’s classic “Blood and Fire”.