Amanda Palmer: New Song “Labyrinth”

Amanda Palmer just released her eerie cover of “Labyrinth” from the musical The Grinning Man, based on Victor Hugo’s novel L’Homme qui rit. All proceeds benefit the Bristol Old Vic Young Co., a youth theater program in the UK.



Muruch.com’s Top 20 Albums of 2017

20. Honeysuckle: Catacombs

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19. Amanda Palmer & Edward Ka-Spel: I Can Spin a Rainbow

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18. Arum Rae: Sub Rosa

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17. Offa Rex: The Queen of Hearts

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16. Zola Jesus: Okovi

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15. Sevdaliza: Ison

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14. Fanny & the Atta Boys: Peck of Dirt

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13. Overcoats: Young

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12. The Company Stores: Little Lights

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11. Bishopp Briggs: self-titled EP

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10. Rhiannon Giddens: Freedom Highway

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9. Chelsea Wolfe: Hiss Spun

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8. Lung: Bottom of the Barrel

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7. Blackfoot Gypsies: To the Top

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6. Ibeyi: Ash

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5. Kasey Chambers: Dragonfly

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4. Björk: Utopia

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3. Sonya Cotton: When I Go Home

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2. Karen Elson: Double Roses

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1. Deap Vally: Femejism

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Sonya Cotton: When I Go Home (Album Review & Exclusive Mp3)

No one so beautifully interprets heartache as Sonya Cotton. Her new album, When I Go Home, continues where her exquisite previous album, It is so, left off. Sonya’s lovely, otherworldly lilt narrates the loss of loved ones and nature over melancholy, multi-instrumental folk melodies in the classic, masterful way of Joni Mitchell and Joan Baez.



By the banks of the Yuba river
I received the dreaded call
that began the slow unwinding
of the life that I had known

From the mystery comes beauty
from the mystery comes strife
every moment at the mercy
of a force we cannot describe

The standout track is “Bloodroot.” Sonya says: “‘Bloodroot,’ in addition to being about a polar bear, is also about my mother’s losing fight with cancer. (As you may know, bloodroot is a plant that some claim can be used to pull tumors out of the body. Others believe there is no scientific/medical merit to this.) Though my mom never used Bloodroot, for me it was a symbol of the last strand of hope or last ditch effort in her battle with this illness.

That kind of metaphorical depth is a trademark of Sonya’s lyrics, particularly on this album and its predecessor. Every Sonya Cotton song is like a rich, poetic book.

Other highlights are “Yuba,” “Time Shows No Care,” “Don’t Want to Say Goodbye,” and “My Heart Lives,” but the entire album is truly, extraordinarily beautiful.

Sonya was kind enough to grant Muruch an exclusive mp3 download of “Bloodroot”. If you like what you hear, please support this talented independent artist by purchasing the full album at Bandcamp.

Sonya Cotton – Bloodroot (mp3)*

*posted for limited time w/ artist’s permission

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The Definitive Leonard Cohen Cover

Allison Crowe’s definitive Leonard Cohen cover, “Hallelujah,” and her haunting choral rendition of Cohen’s “Famous Blue Raincoat” are featured on the Muruch.com Presents Allison Crowe album.

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Amanda Palmer’s New All-Star Song “On the Door”

Is there an electro-comedy genre? If not, Amanda Palmer & Brendan MacLean just invented it. Their new song about concert guestlists, “On the Door,” weaves an electro-dance chorus with comedic answering machine messages from various celebrities including Neil Gaiman, Sarah Silverman, Patton Oswalt, Craig Ferguson.

It’s strange and funny and I love it. You can download the pay what you want (incl. free) mp3 at Bandcamp.

Amanda Palmer & co. “On the Door” (mp3 download page)