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Re: PJ Harvey
« Reply #45 on: June 12, 2017, 06:28:01 AM »
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The timing of PJ Harvey’s latest release is pertinent. As political squabbling reaches its climax before the UK’s general election on 8 June, the musician is turning her gaze towards the global refugee crisis for a collaboration with Egyptian artist Ramy Essam, whose song Irhal became synonymous with the demonstrations at Tahrir Square in Cairo during the Egyptian revolution of 2011.

Entitled The Camp, the minimal, haunting song serves a higher moral purpose than a normal experiment with melody. Along with its video, which uses images from the forthcoming book by acclaimed photojournalist Giles Duley, I Can Only Tell You What My Eyes See, its message of despair – descriptions of “children who move like ghosts” and a “grey boy burned by cigarettes, pushed with scarred hands through the fence” – documents the lives of displaced children in the Bekaa valley in Lebanon.

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Great track - so pertinent.  Thanks for altering us to this great new release.

I would think it would go do down a storm here as hasn't Bono made some comments/commentary in gigs in last few years about refugee crisis?

This song obviously takes a much more head on approach but i recall the refugee crisis being a pretty big deal to fans on here.

Lyrics are something else the lyrical image of 'a grey boy burned by cigarettes pushed with scarred hands through the fence' is simply stunningly put by Polly Jean.

I'm not sure an American U2 audience would take to this track given the review I just read of the Pittsburg show by tigerfan... sounds like there were grumblings about the refugee videos during the concert.  You're right this is a stunning lyric, and I'd like U2 to try to tackle things like this head on with their next LP.

I thought u2's audience especially in America were very much into the causes.

In certain markets they're alright with it, maybe even supportive of it, but in other markets (such as Pittsburgh and anywhere south of that), they get annoyed with the least little mention of the refugee crisis or anything that is perceived as anti-republican.

As for PJ, I haven't heard much of her music, but perhaps will check her out along with Beck, another that's long been on my to-listen to list.

interesting perspective, thanks....

as for PJ......here is a bit of a beginners guide of songs to start with...

A Perfect Day Elise

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Big Exit

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All and Everyone

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Sheela Na Gig

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Down by The Water

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The Wheel

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Oh My Lover

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Dress

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Rid of Me

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Black Hearted Love

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This is Love

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I think tiger and myself should watch out for your sarcasm about American audiences  :P Also that you should have recommended Angelene.

Ha...for once there was no sarcasm....i'll be sure to make up for that though...

It was close between that and The Wheel but went with newer track as a wider spread/more accessible...didn't want list to be too diverse.

So much great stuff to select...so much diversity.
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Re: PJ Harvey
« Reply #46 on: June 12, 2017, 10:38:22 AM »
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The timing of PJ Harvey’s latest release is pertinent. As political squabbling reaches its climax before the UK’s general election on 8 June, the musician is turning her gaze towards the global refugee crisis for a collaboration with Egyptian artist Ramy Essam, whose song Irhal became synonymous with the demonstrations at Tahrir Square in Cairo during the Egyptian revolution of 2011.

Entitled The Camp, the minimal, haunting song serves a higher moral purpose than a normal experiment with melody. Along with its video, which uses images from the forthcoming book by acclaimed photojournalist Giles Duley, I Can Only Tell You What My Eyes See, its message of despair – descriptions of “children who move like ghosts” and a “grey boy burned by cigarettes, pushed with scarred hands through the fence” – documents the lives of displaced children in the Bekaa valley in Lebanon.

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Great track - so pertinent.  Thanks for altering us to this great new release.

I would think it would go do down a storm here as hasn't Bono made some comments/commentary in gigs in last few years about refugee crisis?

This song obviously takes a much more head on approach but i recall the refugee crisis being a pretty big deal to fans on here.

Lyrics are something else the lyrical image of 'a grey boy burned by cigarettes pushed with scarred hands through the fence' is simply stunningly put by Polly Jean.

I'm not sure an American U2 audience would take to this track given the review I just read of the Pittsburg show by tigerfan... sounds like there were grumblings about the refugee videos during the concert.  You're right this is a stunning lyric, and I'd like U2 to try to tackle things like this head on with their next LP.

I thought u2's audience especially in America were very much into the causes.

In certain markets they're alright with it, maybe even supportive of it, but in other markets (such as Pittsburgh and anywhere south of that), they get annoyed with the least little mention of the refugee crisis or anything that is perceived as anti-republican.

As for PJ, I haven't heard much of her music, but perhaps will check her out along with Beck, another that's long been on my to-listen to list.

interesting perspective, thanks....

as for PJ......here is a bit of a beginners guide of songs to start with...

A Perfect Day Elise

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Big Exit

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All and Everyone

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Sheela Na Gig

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Down by The Water

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The Wheel

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Oh My Lover

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Dress

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Rid of Me

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Black Hearted Love

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This is Love

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I think tiger and myself should watch out for your sarcasm about American audiences  :P Also that you should have recommended Angelene.

Ha...for once there was no sarcasm....i'll be sure to make up for that though...

It was close between that and The Wheel but went with newer track as a wider spread/more accessible...didn't want list to be too diverse.

So much great stuff to select...so much diversity.

Haha, I wondered if there was a bit of sarcasm there or not!  ;)

Thanks for the recs, btw. I'm going to give'em a fair listen.