With every new brilliant song she releases, I feel more certain that music history will look back at Amanda Palmer as the most important and honest artist of this time. She’s not only brave enough to speak truth at a time when so many cower, she wraps even the most painful truth and injustice in compassion and beautiful, timeless melodies.
Amanda Palmer once again called on her Patreon fans for songwriting inspiration, or, rather, participation. You can read about the project here. The page also shows pics of how Amanda transformed random words, phrases, and ideas she culled from her fans’ very diverse range of comments into a fully formed and recorded song in just three days. This one’s a bit more Dresden/Grand Theft Amanda, quiet yet peppy, calm but fierce.
Amanda Palmer asked her Patreon community of fans for song inspirations, then wrote and recorded the resulting song in 2 days. The epic “Drowning in the Sound” moves from the eclipse to Hurricane Harvey. Amanda named Ani Difranco, Tori Amos, and Kate Bush as influences, but it’s also a continuation of her own evolving, mature sound–you can almost hear the path from The Dresden Dolls to “Machete.” You can read more of the song’s backstory and the lyrics here.
I’m so happy to hear my beloved Dresden Doll get all creepy and goth again! If, like me, you adore The Dresden Doll’s “Perfect Fit,” Amanda’s string-infused Bowie tribute, the Stranger Things theme, The Legendary Pink Dots (duh, it is Edward Ka-Spel after all), and Bauhaus, this is the album for you. If you don’t like them, well, I question your music taste and you should probably move on.
The standout track is “The Jack of Hands.” Other favorites are “Beyond the Beach,” “The Shock of Kontakt,” and “The Changing Room.”
The entire I Can Spin a Rainbow album is a delightfully eerie, spreading shadow.
Amanda Palmer will release her new, full-length studio album, I Can Spin Rainbows, on May 5th. The album is a collaboration between our beloved Dresden Doll frontwoman and Legendary Pink Dots founder Edward Ka-Spel. If the first single, “Rainbow’s End,” is any indication, I’m going to love it…