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PJ Harvey to record ninth album in front of the public in new installation

02 January 2015, 12:11 | Written by Laurence Day

Save from her debut anthology of poetry, PJ Harvey has kept pretty quiet since the release of Let England Shake, her second Mercury Prize winning album.

Harvey, along with her cohort of bandmates and production team, are to get locked'n'loaded for a new album. Flood and John Parish set to join Harvey for the recording.

The record - Harvey's ninth - will be recorded live before the public in a new exhibition called Recording In Progress at Somerset House. It will be presented by Artangel and Somerset House, and runs between 16 January and 14 February in the House's New Wing.

In a statement announcing the project, Harvey explained some of the ideas behind the spectacle:

“I want Recording in Progress to operate as if we’re an exhibition in a gallery. I hope visitors will be able to experience the flow and energy of the recording process.”

Tickets for the exhibition/installation are available from here. Each session will be a 50-minute block, with prices starting at £12, which Somerset House promising that each group will “experience something different, depending on what point in its development a particular song has reached and which of its elements are mixed live”

The House also explain that Harvey and her comrades will in a "structure, a recording studio in the form of an enclosed box, [which] has one-way glazing, displaying PJ Harvey, her band, producers and engineers as a mutating, multi-dimensional sound sculpture."

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