Having just picked up the Ivor Novello Award for best album with her 2011 socially apocalyptic release Let England Shake, PJ Harvey has announced new songs will be premiered on the soundtrack to a forthcoming documentary. Directed by film critic Marc Cousins, What Is This Film Called Love? will feature two new Harvey compositions “Horses” and “Bobby Don’t Steal”. The documentary will also feature the Harvey track “To Bring You My Love” from the 1995 album of the same name.
However, this is not popcorn fare. Harvey’s Facebook page explains the documentary “begins as a film about the Soviet director Sergei Eisenstein, and then, using his ideas, opens up to look at memory, landscape and the pleasure of walking.” The film hasn’t got an official release date yet, though there are plans to show What Is This Film Called Love? at All Tomorrow’s Parties I’ll Be Your Mirror Festival in London on May 27.
Harvey has recorded material for film soundtracks before, most notably “This Is Mine” for the movie Stella Does Tricks and “Nickel Under Your Foot” for Cradle Will Rock. No word on what the two new tracks sound like, though director Cousins gushed on Twitter that “Her music gives the film storm clouds, power.”