[I love this demo cover....obsession with weird sunglasses continues.]
This is yet another image – heavy post but with some reason I hope.
A selection of PJ Harvey images (mostly 90s, I think. For the kinda grunginess I am into at the moment...) whetting the appetite for her performance at this year’s Electric Picnic. [Excited!]
I am by no means an expert on Polly Jean (I say this because my eldest sister is a massive fan and is much more well versed in her back catalogue than I ), but I am still very much enamoured by her. She’s a strange dichotomy of otherworldly fragility and this fierce, intense sexuality. Polly just seems like a woman who has lived, and her music reflects this (even though she insists her often creepy lyrics are non-autobiographical).
The Harvey song book is a deep pool of eerie torment, gothic themes and disturbing narratives, rousing raging revenge anthems, raw reflections and unflinching romantic sensitivity. Needless to say, there is a lot at work in her music – it’s experimental, eccentric and empowering. And while ‘empowering’ is a word largely associated with Beyonce/Adele these days (and I’m not hating on Beyonce or Adele. Really! I am a fan to a degree even...) - but it’s thrown out there mainly in terms of ‘You dumped me, but you know what? I am over it and you suck! And look how hot I am now!’. Of course I don’t want to compare such artists as that would just be silly, but Harvey does undoubtedly provide a greater complexity and ferocity to the notion of ‘ female empowerment’ – she’s strong, strange and sexy all at once and this is the intriguing thing about her. There’s no boxing PJ into any female stereotype, instead you can’t quite get your head around her.
Style wise, PJ is provocative. She likes slinky dresses and spiky heels and indeed, her 90s’ persona prefers revealing clothes particularly. But somehow the whole package is not as straightforward as slim girl in tight dress – she wants to shock just a little bit. She’s an image maker and shifter – one minute she’s wearing turquoise blue eye shadow with a stars and stripes bikini and bouffant hair and the next she’s stripped back and natural. There’s no second guessing.
The classic 90s' black dress. This picture also captures something of Polly's shy and sweet side. Indeed, it is amazing to compare her reserved nature when interviewed with her bold on - stage presence.
I like her orange-fuzzy sweater here.
Such a sensational shot.