The Hope Six Demolition Project is the ninth studio album by English singer-songwriter and musician PJ Harvey released on 15 April 2016 on Island Records, the album is Harvey's first since her acclaimed Mercury Prize-winning album Let England Shake, released in 2011.
The album's title is a reference to the HOPE VI projects in the United States, "where run-down public housing in areas with high crime rates has been demolished to make room for better housing, but with the effect that many previous residents could no longer afford to live there, leading to claims of social cleansing." The HOPE VI program is directly referenced in the album's opening track and second single "The Community of Hope". The title is inspired by Harvey's trip to Washington D.C. with photographer/filmmaker Seamus Murphy where she was given a tour by Paul Schwartzman of The Washington Post, who directly influenced some of the lyrics on the song. Upon its release, the song drew criticism directly from politicians running for the council seat in Ward 7 in Washington, D.C.
Harvey wrote the songs for The Hope Six Demolition Project as well as her poetry book The Hollow of the Hand during her travels to Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Washington D.C. with photographer/filmmaker Seamus Murphy between 2011 and 2014.
Both of the album's singles were premiered on BBC Radio 6 Music the day before their release. "The Wheel" was premiered on Steve Lamacq's show on BBC Radio 6 Music on 21 January 2016, the day before its release on 22 January 2016. Lamacq also revealed the album's release date to be 15 April 2016. "The Community of Hope" was premiered on Shaun Keaveny's show on BBC Radio 6 Music on 10 March 2016, the day before its release on 11 March 2016. "The Orange Monkey" was released as the album's third single on 7 April 2016.
The music video for "The Wheel" was released on 1 February 2016 and the music video for "The Community of Hope" was released on 18 March 2016. Both videos were directed by Seamus Murphy.
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