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Polly Jean Harvey—better known as PJ Harvey—is without question one of the most gifted songwriters of our time. Her debut album, Dry, came out in 1993 and was what the LA Times called a near “instant classic.” The same with her sophomore release, Rid of Me—which became an inspiration for Nirvana’s last album: In Utero.

Ten albums later and Polly continues to be not only a remarkable songwriter on her new album “I Inside the Old Year Dying” but…maybe more impressively…continues to find new musical territory and new voices to write from. Keeping her songs and artistry as interesting as it was when she first put music out 30 years ago.

John Parish, who’s been a frequent collaborator of Polly’s since the 1980’s, produced the new album—along with Flood—and joins Justin Richmond in conversation with Polly to discuss their process of working together, the beauty of Polly’s last few albums and how they bonded long ago over Captain Beefheart.

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