Tori Amos has again roped in the airbrushers, this time for the cover of ‘Night of Hunters‘, her twelfth studio album and first on the Deutsche Grammophon label.
The record takes its inspiration from classical pieces spanning the last 400 years, from composers such as Bach, Schubert, Granados and Satie, and brings Amos’ piano-slaying skills to the fore (with a little help from a string quartet, flute, oboe, English horn, clarinet, bassoon and contrabassoon.)
According to the press release, ‘Night of Hunters’ sees Amos continuing the tradition of writing variations on a theme to create a bold new work, while paying tribute to the mastery of the original compositions. Says Tori:
“I have used the structure of a classical song cycle to tell an ongoing, modern story. The protagonist is a woman who finds herself in the dying embers of a relationship. In the course of one night she goes through an initiation of sorts that leads her to reinvent herself, allowing the listener to follow her on a journey to explore complex musical and emotional subject matter. One of the main themes explored on this album is the hunter and the hunted and how both exist within us.”
This album will either be brilliant (think her debut album ‘Little Earthquakes’) or something quite conceptual and possibly difficult to stomach.
1. Shattering Sea
3. Battle of Trees
5. Cactus Practice
6. Star Whisperer
7. Job’s Coffin
8. Nautical Twilight
9. Your Ghost
10. Edge of the Moon
11. The Chase
12. Night of Hunters
13. Seven Sisters
‘Night of Hunters’ is released on 26th September 2011.
In other news, Tori Amos has also announced a set of live dates for the UK & Ireland:
Nov 2 London, Royal Albert Hall
Nov 3 London, Hammersmith Apollo
Nov 4 Manchester, Apollo
Nov 6 Glasgow, Royal Concert Hall
Nov 8 Belfast, Waterfront
Nov 9 Dublin, Grand Canal Theatre
For ticket information, check Tori’s official website.