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The muses of La Musa: PJ Harvey

PJ Harvey, in full Polly Jean Harvey is a British singer-songwriter and guitarist whose mythically pitched, fanatically intense recordings and concerts set new standards for women in rock.

Seven years after the release of her last full-length solo album, The Hope Six Demolition Project, PJ Harvey has announced her imminent return, sharing a number of studio clips via social media and her newsletter and unveiling new song  ‘A Child’s Question, August’.

Introducing…King Hannah

King Hannah are a band from Liverpool, but that’s not to say they’re a Liverpool band. The duo—comprising life-long local Craig Whittle and Welsh expat Hannah Merrick—feels less a product of the city’s storied rock’n’roll lineage than of its geographic significance: As a port city, Liverpool historically served as the waystation through which American roots music was imported into the UK and absorbed into the British bloodstream. King Hannah’s debut album, I’m Not Sorry, I Was Just Being Me, presents a group whose hearts belong to the American South, projecting their songs onto a desolate desert backdrop of broken-down blues and voodoo grooves. On its debut album, the UK duo spins deadpan tales about the mundanities of existence over a desolate, desert backdrop recalling PJ Harvey and Nick Cave.

Divus Julius presents: Dry Cleaning

Dry Cleaning are a 4-piece from South London channeling post-punk and new wave pop with a side order of low slung Americana. They have announced their full-length debut, New Long Leg, out via 4AD on April 2nd.

Last spring, Dry Cleaning capitalized on the buzz generated by their brilliantly offbeat 2019 EPs Boundary Road Snacks and Drinks and Sweet Princess with a tour of U.S. clubs that was cut short by the Covid-19 pandemic. Afterward, they went home to the U.K. and got to work on their first full album, with longtime PJ Harvey collaborator John Parish in the producer’s chair.

The muses of La Musa: MARINA

Marina Lambrini Diamandis is a Welsh-Greek singer, known professionally as MARINA (previously Marina & the Diamonds). Diamandis’ musical style ranges from keyboard-based ballads to more up-tempo new wave-style songs with full band backing. She has cited a wide range of influences such as Daniel Johnston, Blondie, Patti Smith, Nirvana, PJ Harvey, Elliott Smith, Dolly Parton, Britney Spears and Madonna.

MARINA released this year her fifth album the acclaimed ‘Ancient Dreams In A Modern Land’

Best Covers: Snoop Dogg “Red Right Hand”

For five seasons now, Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds’ track “Red Right Hand” has served as the theme song for the UK period crime drama Peaky Blinders. PJ Harvey, Laura Marling, Iggy Pop and Jarvis Cocker, and more have also covered the song for the show. And now,  Snoop Dogg has too.

“By the order of the Peaky Blinders, this is ‘Red Right Hand,’ by Snoop Shelby,” Snoop Dogg says in the video for his cover before tipping his era-appropriate flat cap to the camera. Listen to Snoop’s take on the shadowy, half-spoken song and compare it to the original below.