My new musical obsession is Chilean singer Mon Laferte. Her exquisite voice and music is like the perfect union of Rebekah del Rio and Imelda May. Plus she looks like Betty Page. I kinda want to be her. My favorite tracks are “Tormento” and “Si Tú Me Quisieras.”
As old Muruch readers know well, I’ve been a fan of The Dresden Dolls, Amanda Palmer, and Jason Webley for over a decade. This album, particularly tracks “The Box,” “The Wolf,” and “The Fear Song,” shows how greatly they’ve grown as singer-songwriters over the years and especially in what I’m starting to think of as Amanda’s post-Machete era – Machete, the Bowie & Prince tributes, the Dolls reunion concert, and now this album. She’s no longer the former Dresden Dolls frontwoman or the controversial social media star, she’s Amanda Palmer, one of the most accomplished, talented singer-songwriters of my generation.
Composed for the Netflix documentary, Audrie & Daisy, Tori Amos’ new song, “Flicker,” is perhaps her strongest, most poignant track in the past 20 years.
As she did in her classics “Silent All These Years,” “Me and a Gun,” “Past the Mission,” and “Butterfly,” Tori again weaves metaphorical lyrics decrying sexual assault (as well as rape apologists and victim blamers) with her lilting soprano and a lovely piano melody. You can stream the song via Spotify below and watch an interview with Tori about the song’s creation…
A portion of the proceeds for “Flicker” benefit RAINN, so please buy the track to support my favorite charity.