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…
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.
The Dresden Dolls’ spectacular Coney Island reunion concert webcast is now available as a Free Video!
What a time it was. They played all their best songs — “Girl Anachronism,” “Coin-Operated Boy,” “Half Jack,” “Sex Changes,” “Mrs. O,” “Missed Me”…”The Jeep Song” with audience members on stage — and some unbelievable covers — Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs,” Rage Against the Machine’s “Killing in the Name,” and a new Dolls arrangemeng of Amanda Palmer’s single “Machete.” Best of all was seeing Amanda and Brian, and The Brigade performers, back in action, like the oldest, dearest, coolest, and most talented of friends.