Amanda Palmer just low-key dropped some big news in a recent mailer to her fans. Next year she is going to record a new solo album, her first since 2012’s Theatre is Evil. Right now it’s been almost six years since that landmark solo album was released by Palmer, but by the time this new record is released it will have been (at least) a full six years.
Also worth note is the news that she will be back recording the record with John Congelton, who helmed the recordings for Theatre is Evil. Palmer always describes her new music (and much of her and her peer’s art) in such an exuberant manner and this time is no different. She lauds its beauty of the new record with such enthusiasm, it’s hard not to get excited even without hearing a single note. She adds that it’s probably the saddest record she’s written, which she is unapologetic about: “sorry not sorry, it’s been a rough six years, okay?”
Those unfamiliar with Palmer who read this may assume she has been laying low over the last six years. That’s far from the case, as she is almost constantly producing new art through her Patreon account. While it is an unorthodox approach, it allows her to quickly and relevantly produce music, live performances and videos that are a direct response to the changing world.
Following the devastation of Hurricane Harvey in Houston she released “Drowning in the Sound”; “Small Hands, Small Heart” and the video for “Mother” with Jherek Bischoff are direct responses to the Trump presidency; “In Harm’s Way” is a reaction to the multiple refugee crises across the globe; “Judy Blume” was written in celebration of the iconic writer’s birthday; “Strength Through Music” was updated to address the Parkland shooting and March For Our Lives.
In 2017 she released a collaborative record with Edward Ka-Spel. In 2016 she released a covers album with her father, Jack Palmer.
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