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PJ Harvey Delivers Leonard Cohen Cover: Look + Listen

Created specifically for the Apple TV+ series Bad Sisters, PJ HARVEY along with composer Tim Phillips have released an ornately-arranged cover version of Leonard Cohen’s “Who by Fire.”

In a statement about the production, executive producer and star Sharon Horgan said: “I thought of the words of ‘Who by Fire’ soon after the series was picked up and thought how perfect it would be.” “Pretty soon after that, I thought of Polly’s voice singing those words and asked Apple if we could make that happen. I had been a fan of Polly for years and was nervous when we Zoomed with her. I don’t have a musical vocabulary, but I know what I wanted. But we told her our ideas and about the series — it was quite fledgling at that stage, just photos and words, nothing filmed to show her, but she got it and loved it.”

PJ Harvey added, “It was a very enjoyable day spent recording the version of Leonard Cohen’s ‘Who by Fire’ for Bad Sisters. I had spoken to Sharon Horgan in advance of the recording session, so I understood why she felt the song’s lyric was so perfect for the series, but also understood what nuances of Leonard’s performance she most loved, and therefore what to try and recapture but in my own way.”

In addition to the single Harvey and Phillips also collaborated on the score of the series, a darkly comedic murder mystery that premiered its first two episodes this week with a new episode debuting each Friday through 10.14

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Author: Saul Goode

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