PJ Harvey will release her new album The Hope Six Demolition Project this April with a new single, The Wheel, available to download and stream from midnight on Thursday.

The new album is Harvey's first since 2011's acclaimed Let England Shake, and was written after she undertook several journeys in Kosovo, Afghanistan and Washington, D.C. over a four-year period.

The album was recorded last year in residency at London’s Somerset House. The exhibition, entitled ‘Recording in Progress’ saw Harvey, her band, producers Flood and John Parish, and engineers working within a purpose-built recording studio behind one-way glass, observed throughout by public audiences.

The first single from the album The Wheel is available to download and stream at midnight on Thursday 

“When I’m writing a song I visualise the entire scene. I can see the colours, I can tell the time of day, I can sense the mood, I can see the light changing, the shadows moving, everything in that picture," says Harvey. 

"Gathering information from secondary sources felt too far removed for what I was trying to write about. I wanted to smell the air, feel the soil and meet the people of the countries I was fascinated with."

The Hope Six Demolition Project was recorded last year in residency at London’s Somerset House. The exhibition, entitled ‘Recording in Progress’ saw Harvey, her band, producers Flood and John Parish, and engineers working within a purpose-built recording studio behind one-way glass, observed throughout by public audiences.

The full track-listing is for The Hope Six Demolition Project is: The Community of Hope, The Ministry of Defence, A Line in the Sand, Chain of Keys, River Anacostia, Near the Memorials to Vietnam and Lincoln, The Orange Monkey, Medicinals, The Ministry of Social Affairs, The Wheel, Dollar, Dollar.

Harvey will play festival dates across Europe this summer with her new nine-piece band. An Irish date is expected to be announced shortly.