PJ Harvey has released the second in a series of 12 music videos created to accompany her eighth studio LP, Let England Shake. “The Words That Maketh Murder”, much like the album, is bluesy, upbeat and pointedly political. Writing in The Guardian, director Seamus Murphy says video was filmed during a road trip across the English countryside and inspired by its many contradictions:
England has a complicated relationship with the past, its island status, its relationship to the land, geography and tradition. Contemporary England springs from a history of colonial adventures, military ambitions and industrial prowess. It is also defined by its waning power and military role in modern politics. At times, it can be a very odd place.
Let England Shake is due out on Feb. 15.