Oct 27 2019
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An Evening of pain, piano and laughter.
Amanda Palmer announces further tour dates for 2019 covering the UK and Europe as well as a new single ‘Voicemail for Jill’, the latest track from her forthcoming solo album 'There Will Be No Intermission'.
“Voicemail for Jill” is a searing and stark, classically-tinged piano song inspired by Palmer’s lifelong role as both pro-choice activist and confidant for women (and men) who have gone through the complicated, often-hidden experience of choosing to have an abortion. The song – penned after a tour landed her in Dublin during the landmark referendum to legalize abortion – had been gestating for ages in her pile of song-drafts and was a “white whale of songwriting” according to Palmer, who has herself had three abortions and has “struggled for years to find the right way to write about the subject without sentimentality, preachiness or apology.”
“I wrote this song as a gift, a handbook,” Palmer says, “for any woman on her way to have an abortion, and as a reminder that this is not an experience you have to face alone.”
‘Voicemail for Jill’ was recorded in Los Angeles with GRAMMY®-winning producer/engineer John Congleton, showcases Palmer on piano and vocals and features additional synthesizer and programming by Max Henry of the Canadian indie band Suuns. It is available for listening now across digital streaming platforms. Listen to ‘Voicemail For Jill’ here
Amanda Palmer’s first solo album in more than six years, There Will Be No Intermission is now available. Alongside the album, Palmer is independently releasing an artbook of narrative photography to accompany the album’s release.
Palmer’s third solo LP, There Will Be No Intermission is the multi-faceted artist’s most powerful and personal collection to date, with songs that tackle the big questions: life, death, grief and how to make sense with it all. While the themes may be dark, the album’s overall sonic and lyrical mood is one of triumph in the face of life’s most ineffably difficult circumstances. An album comprised of a staggering 20 tracks, 10 of these are original songs complemented by 10 instrumental vignettes.
“Most of these songs were exercises in survival,” says Palmer. “This isn’t really the record that I was planning to make. But loss and death kept happening in real-time, and these songs became my therapeutic arsenal of tools for making sense of it all.”
In addition to the LP, Palmer has partnered with the collaborative art-team Kahn & Selesnick (along with LA-based photographer Allan Amato and Iceland-based Artist Stephanie Zakas) to create a companion volume with over 60 theatrical photographic portraits taken mostly in and around the upstate New York home Palmer shares with her husband, writer Neil Gaiman. The portfolio is titled There Will Be No Intermission.