PJ Harvey this week. Never predictable, always an adventure and coming to Los Angeles next week. Variously referred to as one of the 500 Greatest Artists of All Time and a terminal eccentric, PJ Harvey has been creating her own path of astonishment since 1988.
Aside from her remarkable talent as a singer/songwriter, she is also a multi-talented instrumentalist, which adds several more dimensions to her work as an artist.
This concert, from her 2016 Hope Six Demolition Project tour, came a few days after her Glastonbury appearance and ahead of her U.S. tour, the first one she did in over 6 years, but only performing in L.A. and New York.
Her latest tour has her on 15 dates, including several on the West Coast. If you haven’t had a chance to check out one of her concerts, now is a good time as she rarely performs in the U.S. and it’s anybody’s guess when she’ll come back.
Admittedly, PJ Harvey is not for all tastes. She can be inaccessible at times, as she always has been, and this makes it hard for her to be embraced by the mainstream – which is probably a good thing, as mainstream popularity brings mainstream pressures, and PJ Harvey has always been one to go exploring, even if the audience is left guessing. But she has never made a bad album; very often, it’s the audience who needs to catch up. She makes albums that invite playing several times, sometimes over and over in one sitting.
Above the words and the music-making is the voice, and PJ Harvey has one of the most compelling and emotive voices in Rock.
Play loud – play often – get tickets before they sell out. The Greek Theatre L.A. show is two nights. So . . . .