PJ HARVEY'S collaboration with JOHN PARISH happened after she stumbled across an old cassette tape of their previous attempt to work together, the singer has revealed.
In an interview with NME Radio, the MAN SIZE star explained that the discovery of a recording which would form the basis of recent single BROKEN HEARTED LOVE prompted her to get back in touch with Parish.
"It was actually a piece of music that John had written and given to me and asked me for a lyric idea for one of his solo albums. And we never used, or he never used it," Harvey said.
However, when listening to the recording she realised that now was the right time to make another record together, she added.
Broken Hearted Love hit the shops almost 13 years after the last time Harvey and Parish had worked together on DANCE HALL AT LOUSE POINT.
The latest single features an album's worth of collaboration between the two and is called A WOMAN A MAN WALKED BY.
Harvey is no stranger to working with male singers. She previously appeared on Nick Cave AND THE BAD SEEDS' 1996 album MURDER BALLADS where she shared vocal duties on HENRY LEE.
She also won the Mercury Music Prize for her 2000 record STORIES FROM THE CITY, STORIES FROM THE SEA which featured vocals from Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke.
In 2006, Time magazine listed the release as one of the top 100 albums of all time.