Tori Amos has a new record out on Deutsche Grammophon. Whether this is a good thing or the end of the world as we know it is up to you. From my chair, it’s one of the rare crossover projects that stands on its own as an original work and the more of that sort of thing that’s around, the better.
I had the good fortune to chat with Tori for the LA paper. The more I talk with pop musicians, the more I appreciate how much effort goes into creating something new. It’s still rather strange to think that the person creating the art can be sitting next to me on the couch and even more strange to realize that for most people, that’s not strange at all.
Here’s one of the best bits:
“There’s a sexy element to penetrating the dead guys and making a new being together,” said Amos, who lives in Cornwall, England, with her husband and daughter. “You’re not a sonic necrophiliac but you are walking into a specific space. You have to look at the music as a sonic architect and study how it is made. Then, you must step back or you can never create because you’re in such awe of it that you feel that ‘I can’t touch this because it’s sacred.'”