PJ Harvey has announced an expansive, 59-track box set of rare songs titled ‘B-Sides, Demos and Rarities’.
The compilation, which will be available in a three-CD or six-LP format on November 4, catalogs nearly five dozen archival cuts from the singer-songwriter, 14 of which have never previously seen the light of day.
To coincide with the announcement, Harvey has shared three of the songs that will feature on the upcoming compilation. Those tracks are previously-unreleased demos of ‘Dry’ and ‘Missed’, along with the song ‘Somebody’s Down, Somebody’s Name’, which originally featured as a B-side to Harvey’s 1995 ‘To Bring You My Love’ single ‘Down by the Water’.
“To have this collection of songs released to the world means a great deal to me,” Harvey said in a statement. “For every album song I have written there have been accompanying brother-sister songs that for many reasons don’t quite have their place in the world at that time, but do find their way eventually, and are no less important for being later.
She continued: “In fact some of these lesser-known works are closer to my heart. Now having all these works collected and released together in their own right feels at last to give them the place in the world they deserve. I hope you enjoy listening to them as much as I do.”
‘B-Sides, Demos and Rarities’ will complete Harvey’s long-running archival project, which has seen her release reissues of several older albums with bonus material often including rarities such as demos and B-sides. The most recent – a reissue of 2016’s ‘The Hope Six Demolition Project’ – arrived earlier this year.
Back in February, Harvey shared a series of photographs of herself in the studio, prompting speculation her 10th studio album could be on the way. In June, Harvey provided an update on the upcoming albumtelling Rolling Stone she was “very pleased with it” and earmarking a 2023 release.