PJ Harvey: Wearing a veil freed me to be utterly in the moment

PJ Harvey: Wearing a veil freed me to be utterly in the moment

PJ Harvey has described donning a veil, while visiting Afghanistan, as a “extraordinary feeling of newness.”

The UK singer’s new film, A Dog Called Money, examines the making of her hit album, The Hope Demolition Project.

It sees Harvey and director Seamus Murphy travel to the Islamic republic, as well as Kosovo and Washington DC.

“You know there was nothing about me that was ‘PJ Harvey’ at all. I was just a woman’s pair of eyes,” she told BBC Radio 6 Music.

“Wearing a veil as a woman there was very interesting to me,” she explained.

“Because I hadn’t really done that before.

“How it almost feels a little bit like a mask and in doing so frees you because nobody could see me or I was just looking out of a small area of my face, and it freed me to be utterly in the moment.”

The feature documentary captures Harvey and Murphy’s encounters with people on their travels, and the unique recording of the album they inspired – as a live sound-sculpture at London’s Somerset House.