PJ Harvey Wins Mercury Prize and Releasing New EP

09/08/2011
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Hot off her historic second Mercury Prize win, PJ Harvey will release an iTunes Session EP on September 12th.

The EP features seven recently recorded live tracks along with an interview with the songwriter and musician, PJ Harvey.

The Session includes four songs from her most recent album as well as three of her most widely acclaimed songs from past albums.

iTunes Session can be pre-ordered on the iTunesStore here and includes the following tracks: 1. Let England Shake 2. The Words That Maketh Murder 3. The Last Living Rose 4. Written On The Forehead 5. Angelene
6. C'Mon Billy 7. Down By The Water 8 - Interview

Harvey the first person to win the Mercury Prize when she took home the honor for her eighth studio album, Let England Shake.

This was Harvey's fourth nomination; she was previously nominated for Rid of Me in 1993 and To Bring You My Lovein 1995, and in 2001 she won the award with Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea. She accepted the award from her hotel room in Washington DC on September 11, 2001.

"It's really good to be here as when I last won 10 years ago on September 11 I was in DC watching the Pentagon burn from my hotel room," she told the audience at the awards ceremony in London last night.

This latest nomination also marks 10 years since she became the first female to win the Mercury prize and Harvey now stands alongside Radiohead as the most nominated artist in the prize's history.

In the press room after the awards, PJ Harvey said, "I think there is a connection between what happened 10 years ago and the content of this album, in a certain way. Obviously this record that I've won with is largely about the wars that we're involved in, contemporary wars, but also, I wanted in a way for it to be timeless, because we've always been involved in wars. But I think that the greater urgency that I felt to write an album about this now is because of the result of what has happened in the last ten years."

"I feel surprised and astonished that I've won twice and I do feel proud, it's amazing, I can't quite take it in but at the same time I feel that making music and words is very important to me and I've always tried to make it the best it could possibly be and I hope to continue doing that. I hope to be back here again in another 10 years' time with another record because it's very important to me to keep making word that is of relevance, not just to myself but to other people."

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