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Ghosts, ghouls and PJ Harvey by Steele

PJ Harvey’s spooky, gothic White Chalk is one of my favorite albums to listen to around this time of year. It’s not exactly a Halloween record, but as far as I’m concerned, it might as well be. Polly Jean took up piano, opted to sing almost entirely in a high, fragile falsetto, and created dark chamber music that sounds like those old murder folksongs from a long-gone time. I almost think of it as songs from a ghost; she sings of being visited by the devil, of an abortion performed under ether, and of the lonely despair that enslaves her, seemingly without end. She is as angry and anguished as any spirit who was done wrong, and you get the feeling she’s not going to stop wailing like a banshee any time soon. PJ, you can haunt my British castle any day of the week.

Happy Halloween, people!


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