Amos’ 15th album is due to be released by Decca – her first with the highly respected, establishment label – on September 8, and it’s typical Tori with several inspired surprises: creaking Celtic violins, ringing organs, cantering string sections, finely-detailed percussion, and vocals which move from delicate to caustic, all locked together with her beautifully mysterious piano work. There’s always gentleness and empowerment behind these tracks, no matter how sharp Amos’ tongue can get.
On the album’s themes, the musician says:
The record looks to Nature and how, through resilience, she heals herself. The songs also wrestle with the question: what is our part in the destruction of our land, as well as ourselves, and in our relationships with each other?
In life there can be the shock of unexpected fires, floods, earthquakes, or any cataclysmic ravager – both on the inside and outside of our minds. Sonically and visually, I wanted to look at how Nature creates with her opposing forces, becoming the ultimate regenerator through her cycles of death and re-birth. Time and time again she is able to renew, can we find this renewal for ourselves?
Native Invader is out September 8 via Decca/Universal.