photos by Jim Bennett
PJ Harvey and John Parish are a British duo who have worked together in bands like Parish’s Automatic Dlamini, and then produced highly praised individual work in the 80’s/90’s before joining forces again on PJ Harvey’s 1995 release To Bring You My Love. Harvey and Parish are back with a new album, A Woman A Man Walked By, to be released March 30th on Island Records.
PJ Harvey began her solo career in 1991, when she released her critically acclaimed single “Dress”, which was voted single of the week in Melody Maker, and quickly pushed Harvey into the international spotlight. Her next release Dry was an international success, gaining famous fans like Kurt Kobain, who put the LP in his top 20 albums of all time, and writeups in magazines like Rolling Stone, New Musical Express, and Vox.
Parish, best known for his work with Harvey, co-produced (with world-famous producer Flood) PJ Harvey’s 1995 platinum release To Bring You My Love, which topped the charts, and was voted album of the year in The Village Voice and The New York Times, among other big-name publications.
After this release, Harvey and Parish worked on individual projects before collaborating on Harvey’s 2007 release White Chalk, which clearly marked a change from Harvey’s punk style to softer piano ballads. Once again, Harvey and Parish have joined forces again to produce their 2009 release A Woman A Man Walked By. The lyrics are by Harvey, and the music is written by Parish, who plays most of the instruments on the album. The album is produced by Flood.
PJ Harvey and John Parrish will play a couple of US shows after SXSW, and will then be going on a European tour in April and May.