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Looks interesting. Tickets are selling fast. I've got mine for Friday 16th Jan.
I'd inevitably turn up on a tea break.
I'm tempted, but not really sure what it will actually involve.
15 minutes before your time slot too. Basically, you get to stare at PJ Harvey and her mates in a glass/perspex box recording some new songs or more likely writing some notes for 45 minutes. I'm off on Jan 16th as annual leave originally with no plans so it's a welcome thing to do in the afternoon.
turn up and spit a hot 16 bars ...true gangster rapper style while u read your lyrics from your phonr
If anyone is interested or cares here's what it was like:
You hang around The New Wing at Somerset House 15 minutes before your session starts after which you're taken to a small room where you dump your bag and mobile phone/tablet etc. as no recording devices are allowed. There's only around 30-40 people per session and so very cosy. We then were walked along a couple of corridors to the actual room itself. The recording box is more of a room within a room with two sides consisting of one way windows. I was lucky enough to walk through first and so was up front again the glass for the 45 minute duration with a great view.
I caught PJ Harvey and band when they were recording a violin part of a song called " All Near The Memorials To Vietnam And Lincoln". They kept looping a small part of the song whilst she and another bloke (but mainly the other bloke) played the violin in whilst the song was playing. We got about three minutes of that song being played back. A brilliant song. Very catchy. If this song is a barometer to her new album then it's more close to Let England Shake rather than albums like White Chalk and Uh Huh Her (which I didn't enjoy). The song that she was working on sounded slightly similar to the song "Let England Shake" and close to the feel and sound of the last 30 seconds of "The Words That Maketh Murder" where the song plays out to "What if I took my problem to The United Nations" albeit more uplifting with a folky and slight gospel feel to it. A lot of violin on that track; it's a great song.
There inevitably was a voyeuristic feel to the whole event. Those inside obviously can neither see or hear us outside and PJ Harvey was just a couple of metres away from me when she was walking around looking for an instrument.
The 45 minutes went very quickly and I enjoyed it hugely. I just hope the album is as strong as the song I heard. I also allowed myself to get fleeced £25 for a signed poster print that has "PJ Harvey Recording In Process 16th January 2015" on it.
They had a couple of A1 sheets of paper on the wall that had the song titles of the album on it. The ones I remember reading were called:
All Near The Memorials To Vietnam And Lincoln, Rivers Of Anacostia, Chain Of Keys, Dog Called Money,Community Of Hope, Imagine This, The Wheel and Guilty.
Overall, a great and memorable experience. If you have tickets I hope you have as much fun as I did.
But looks like the Somerset House website still having issues
This sounds like one of THE absolute shittest things I can imagine spending my time doing.
I'm partial to a spot of Peej but... fuck this.
rather this than she was peddling handwritten lyric sheets on pledgefund
Watching a 45m segment of it in a glass box, masquerading as art, sounds IMMENSELY unappealing.
Bit different to Pledge in that this is being sold as a `piece of art` as opposed to something which helps fund the album...
But each to their own. I just can't imagine doing this even for my very favourite artists.