PJ Harvey - When Under Ether
Harvey sings with none of the vengeance or anger which characterised a lot of her early work, but instead sings in a sweet and strangely innocent way.Read more on PJ Harvey Listen to PJ Harvey on Spotify
The cover of Miss Polly's latest release shows her in Victorian regalia, blurry, face obscured by a mass of wild curls on top of her head, fists clenched, and bathed in red light. It's a fitting visual and reflects the single's haunted and unsettled tone.
Harvey sings with none of the vengeance or anger which characterised a lot of her early work, but instead sings in a sweet and strangely innocent way. Like a follow up to 'Uh Huh Her''s 'Pocket Knife', a simple repetitive rhythm backs a story of a young girl trying to make her own way in the world. 'When Under Ether' appears to be the story of that same girl undergoing an abortion, though rather than being a harrowing experience, instead there is the pervading feeling that she should be thankful to be rid of "something inside me/Unborn and unblessed".
Harvey's ability to tell an enchanting story remains intact, and this single makes the wait for the new album seem like much too long to wait.