PJ Harvey Announces First New Album in 7 Years, Shares Lead Single: Stream

Listen to "A Child's Question, August" from her newly announced 10th album, I Inside the Old Year Dying

PJ Harvey to release new album
PJ Harvey, photo by Steve Gullick

    PJ Harvey has confirmed her first new album in seven years. Entitled I Inside the Old Year Dying, it’s due out on July 7th via Partisan Records. As a preview, Harvey has unveiled “A Child’s Question, August” as the lead single. Watch the song’s accompanying video below.

    The songs featured on I Inside the Old Year Dying came together in “about three weeks.” Harvey then recorded the album live at London’s Battery Studio with longtime collaborator John Parish and producer Flood.

    “I think the album is about searching, looking – the intensity of first love, and seeking meaning,” Harvey said. “Not that there has to be a message, but the feeling I get from the record is one of love – it’s tinged with sadness and loss, but it’s loving. I think that’s what makes it feel so welcoming: so open.”


    I Inside the Old Year Dying marks Harvey’s 10th album to date and the follow-up to 2016’s The Hope Six Demolition Project. Speaking to Rolling Stone last year, Harvey said her new album was inspired by “soundtrack writers” like Jonny Greenwood, Mica Levi, Hildur Guðnadóttir, and Ryuichi Sakamoto, as well as Thom Yorke’s work with The Smile, Anna von Hausswolff’s All Thoughts Fly, and Bob Dylan’s 2020 effort Rough and Rowdy Ways.

    She also said that her multi-year archival campaign — in which she reissued her previous albums and associated demos on vinyl — compelled her to “go back to demo’ing on my four-track again.”

    Expanding further in a press release, following The Hope Six Demolition Project Harvey said she lost her connection to music due to the endless album-tour-album-tour cycle. However, she was eventually able to pull her self out of the rut thanks to the advice of filmmaker Steve McQueen, who encouraged her “to remember what she loves about words, images and music and to put away the concept of writing ‘an album’ to focus on and play with these three passions.” She also said the simple act of playing her favorite songs by Nina Simone and Bob Dylan “reconfirmed her passion for the artform.”


    Last year, Harvey collaborated with composer Tim Phillips on the soundtrack to the Apple TV+ series Bad Sisters.

    I Inside the Old Year Dying Artwork:

    PJ Harvey's I Inside the Old Year Dying artwork

    I Inside the Old Year Dying Tracklist:
    01. Prayer at the Gate
    02. Autumn Term
    03. Lwonesome Tonight
    04. Seem an I
    05. The Nether-edge
    06. I Inside the Old Year Dying
    07. All Souls
    08. A Child’s Question, August
    09. I Inside the Old I Dying
    10. August
    11. A Child’s Question, July
    12. A Noiseless Noise