At the start of last year, PJ Harvey invited fans inside recording sessions for her new album ‘The Hope Six Demolition Project’. The song they saw penned, ‘Guilty’, didn’t make the cut for the LP in the end, but has now been released as an add-on.
‘Guilty’ fits perfectly with the politically cynical tone of ‘The Hope Six…’, and also possesses the album’s signature marching band-like percussion. The track’s lyrics are cutting - “Grainy little figures on television screens weighing up the moment/guilty, guilty”.
“The drones have come in their thousands/but nobody asked us if we wanted them,” Harvey sings over and over again, and it’s one of the strongest sentiments made in the ‘Hope Six’ era of her career, and a track that deserved a spot on the album.