From Her Upcoming New Studio Album
Native Invader To Be Released 9/8 On Decca Records
“Part swagger, part reflection, it both smolders and shimmers …” – NPR Music
Tori Amos Photo © Paulina Otylie Surys
Tori Amos will release her highly anticipated new album September 8, 2017 on Decca Records. On the heels of recently released stand-out track “Up The Creek” which touches on climate change and features vocals of Amos’s daughter Tash, new song “Reindeer King” debuted with W Magazine and below.
At the centre of Native Invader is this theme of division. The mythic Reindeer King talks about a mind divided from a soul in a classic Amos melody that gets you right between the ribs. The introspective track also looks outside of the Earthly orbit. Referencing lyrics you know that I would skate / from Scandinavia/ all the way to the moons / of Jupiter with you Amos shares, “For years people had told me about the magical atmosphere that happens when bodies of water freeze over and hundreds of people ice skate for miles and miles and miles. Around the same time there were images of Jupiter’s ice rings coming from the Cassini probe, these images were the jumping off point for Reindeer King.”
Amos’s fifteenth album is an intense feast of melody, protest, tenderness and pain. In the summer of 2016, she took a road trip through North Carolina’s Smoky Mountains. The intention was to reconnect with the stories and songlines of her mother’s family, who were from the North Carolina and Tennessee Smoky Mountain area. That winter, two seismic events knocked the plan off its axis. The fall out from the US Election. And in January her mother, Maryellen Amos, suffered a severe stroke leaving her unable to speak.
The complex influence of America’s alt-right Super PACs, lobbyists and think tanks informs much of the tension in Native Invader. Amos talks of the need to form a “militia of the mind” in the face of national lies. Hidden messages and subliminal protests lend themselves perfectly to Amos’s natural playfulness. For all its dark themes, this album is a joy to absorb, full of warmth and puzzles. Tori Amos’ extensive North American fall concert schedule kicks off on October 24 as part of a larger world tour she begins in September in Europe.
Following 2014’s Unrepentant Geraldines – her eighth Billboard Top 10 album — Native Invader is Tori’s fifteenth studio album and will be made available in various physical and digital configurations, as well as vinyl later this fall. The physical CD package will be available in standard as well as deluxe offerings; the latter includes a hardcover book and two bonus tracks.
A pioneer across multiple platforms, Tori was the first major label artist to offer a single for download. Nominated for multiple Grammy Awards, she has had her songs turned into graphic novels and has produced ground-breaking videos throughout her career. In late 2016 she released the title song ‘Flicker’ to the acclaimed Netflix documentary ‘Audrie and Daisy’, addressing issues of high school rape. A noted humanitarian, Tori is co-founder of RAINN (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network), which is the United States’ largest anti-sexual assault organization.
TORI AMOS NATIVE INVADER NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES
10/24: Saint Paul, MN @ O’Shaughnessy Auditorium
10/26: Madison, WI @ Orpheum Theater
10/27: Chicago, IL @ The Chicago Theatre
10/29: Cleveland, OH @ State Theatre at Playhouse Square
10/30: Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall
10/31: Ann Arbor, MI @ Michigan Theater
11/2: Boston, MA @ The Orpheum Theatre
11/3: Washington, DC @ MGM National Harbor
11/4: Philadelphia, PA @ The Tower Theater
11/7: New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
11/8: New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
11/10: Atlanta, GA @ Atlanta Symphony Hall
11/11: Durham, NC @ Durham Performing Arts Center
11/12: Nashville, TN @ The Ryman Auditorium
11/14: New Orleans, LA @ Mahalia Jackson Theatre
11/16: Dallas, TX @ The Pavilion at Irving Music Factory
11/17: Austin, TX @ ACL Live at The Moody Theater
11/19: Denver, CO @ The Paramount Theatre
11/22: Portland, OR @ Schnitzer Hall
11/24: Seattle, WA @ The Paramount Theatre
11/25: Eugene, OR @ The Hult Center for Performing Arts
11/26: Oakland, CA @ The Paramount Theater
11/28: San Diego, CA @ The Balboa Theatre
11/29: Phoenix, AZ @ The Mesa Arts Center (MAC)
12/1 Los Angeles, CA @ The Theatre at Ace Hotel
12/2: Los Angeles, CA @ The Theatre at Ace Hotel
12/3: Los Angeles, CA @ The Theatre at Ace Hotel
For all ticket and on-sale details, please visit www.toriamos.com