I’m probably much more influenced by film-makers and painters than I am by other songwriters or poets. … With songs I almost see the images, see the action, and then all I have to do is describe it. It’s almost like watching a scene from a film, and that’s what I go about trying to catch in a song.
Considering this is exactly how I react to music–putting it into a visual context so I can grasp it–it makes perfect sense this is why PJ Harvey is one of my oldest favorites. This Guardian interview with her is delicious.