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Editors’ Notes

Recorded after PJ Harvey’s landmark To Bring You My Love album and before her subtler follow-up Is This Desire?, Dance Hall at Louse Point was a brilliant breather for an artist in turmoil. Guitarist John Parish plays all the instruments here, but his overall sound is easily attuned to Harvey’s own. Both worship the blues and a Gothic sense of shadow and light. “Urn With Dead Flowers In a Drained Pool” sounds as if it were lifted from an Edgar Allan Poe story, while “Civil War Correspondent” sports an elegiac mood and tune perfectly in sync with Harvey’s advancing direction. “That Was My Veil” does so much with acoustic guitar and a melody that it allows Harvey to emote with a sweet plead, while “City of No Sun” is an electric bust-out that’s a set piece for Harvey to rage in hollers and torrents of words. “Taut” works towards a quiet that sounds like Harvey is crouched down under the ping-pong table in her parents’ basement awaiting her big bluesy chorus. For a “side-project,” the album feels confident and complete.

Customer Reviews

Masterpiece of Experimental Rock

I can't believe there are so few reviews of this CD. From its intimate acoustic reveries (That Was My Veil) to sonic assaults on the senses (Taut), this album defined PJ's talent and the strength of her partership with John Parish. Both intense and eerily distant, it's power reveals itself over time. You need this CD if you are a fan of avant garde rock!

good stuff

PJ Harvey can do no wrong, if you like her. And I do. Interesting take on Peggy Lee's "Is That All There Is" - glad she chose that to cover.

It's good but...

It doesn't compare to any of the PJ Harvey albums.


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

John Parish first hit public consciousness as a collaborator with PJ Harvey, co-producing and playing on To Bring You My Love and Is This Desire? While he subsequently staked out an enigmatic solo career, the tale of his rise in music is entwined with that of Harvey. Raised in Yeovil, England, Parish's first recording experience came with a new wave band called Thieves Like Us in 1980. Following that, he started the group Headless Horseman, which evolved into Automatic Dlamini, an experimental band...
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