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Tori will be touring in 2014 to support the release of Unrepentant Geraldines. The European legs runs from May through June and the North American legs spans July and August. We do not know if additional dates elsewhere will be added.
Another week brings another teaser clip — the fourth — from what we presume to the be the interview included with the Unrepentant Geraldines bonus DVD. In this very brief snippet, Tori addresses her need to experiment on the new record and her hope for how the songs on it will be heard.
Update: The album, with “Selkie” available for immediate download, has been added to the US and Canadian iTunes stores as well.
Note: iTunes describes the album as the “bonus track version.” It does not include the videos from the bonus DVD in the deluxe physical edition. It wouldn’t be surprising if a deluxe edition with the bonus video material is added later, so if you are interested in that, you might want to hold out for that edition to be added to iTunes.
While the announcement of the Unrepentant Geraldines Pre-Sale Sweepstakes indicated the album would be available for pre-order from iTunes starting Tuesday, April 15th, Apple’s friends in the United Kingdom added the album today and are already taking pre-orders for it. We’ve not been found the album available for pre-order in any other countries — though we’ve not checked each and every country’s storefront yet.
The album on iTunes UK contains one bonus track, “White Telephone to God,” a difference from the bonus track included in the deluxe CD/DVD edition of the record, “Forest of Glass.” There’s no indication whether or not “White Telephone to God” will be an iTunes exclusive or if that track will be available from all digital retailers. We’re hoping that mystery will be cleared up soon though, perhaps as early as tomorrow, as one would expect some sort of announcement about the album being added to iTunes for pre-order.
Curiously, the album track “Selkie” is available from the UK iTunes store now, without having to pre-order the record! We’re not sure if this is intentional, if the song is meant to be an immediate download when pre-ordering the record, or if it’s an error waiting to be corrected — but if you have an UK iTunes account, you can buy that song right now! Of course, you might as well pre-order the record while you’re at it.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, Rough Trade Records in New York City has announced that Tori will be making an appearance at their store in Williamsburg on the evening of Tuesday, April 29th at 7pm. The appearance will include a performance and an signing session. To get into the event, you’ll need to be pre-order the new record in person at the store starting at 9am on the morning of April 29th. That’ll get you a wristband which will grant you entry to the event that evening. Space is limited, reportedly to 200 wristbands, so you’ll have to get there early for a shot to get in.
A second clip of Tori discussing Unrepentant Geraldines was posted on the offcial YouTube channel today. In this minute long snippet, Tori talks about being — or not being — shocking and the interplay of age and message with respect to the new record.
Check it out below:
Suppose that rules out another pig-suckling photograph, huh?
Today was a good day to be in Germany — Berlin specifically — as Tori did a short performance during an invitation-only event kicking off the promotion of Unrepentant Geraldines.
Taking place at The Grand, attendees included record label dignitaries, music journalists, and a lucky few who win entrance to the event via a contest run by Klassik Akzente. The set included six songs: “Parasol,” “Lust,” “Trouble’s Lament,” “Selkie,” “Ribbons Undone,” and “Take To The Sky.” Following the set and networking, there was a meet’n‘greet as well.
Several photos were posted on the official Tori Amos Instagram from Berlin today, though none from the actual event itself. Hopefully, this is a good sign for more interesting transmissions from the road once the tour gets going next month!
Additionally, one fellow who was in attendance blogged about being there. A few other friends of the Undent were there as well and we are hoping to receive their accounts of the evening soon as well.
Even though Unrepentant Geraldines is being released on Mercury Classics and Universal Music Classics, the other classical music imprints under the Universal Music umbrella, Deutsche Grammophon (on which Tori’s last two records were released) and Decca Classics, share catalog information in the back-end of their online stores. So, it comes as no surprise that the album appeared in the release sections of both labels’ websites today, though it’s bit easier to find on Deutsche Grammophon’s.
Track timings are shown for all songs with the regular album tipping the scales at 59 minutes long while the deluxe edition crosses the hour mark with the addition of the five minute long bonus track, “Forest of Glass.” Clicking on each track name reveals additional composer and performer credits, though they may not be complete as the only performers listed are Tori, Mac Aladdin (guitars), Mark Hawley (programming), and, on “Promise,” Tash — who, of course, would be Tori and Mark’s daughter Natashya Hawley.
The tracks on the deluxe edition DVD here also differ somewhat from Amazon’s listing. Where Amazon has three tracks, photoshoot footage, a studio video, and an interview, Deutsche Grammophon has four: “America,” two tracks both named “Unrepentant Geraldines” (which we take to the the interview and photoshoot footage), and “Trouble’s Lament.” So perhaps the deluxe edition will include an actual video of the single…or perhaps both it and “America” will be included as studio performances. Time will tell…
Deutsche Grammophon lists the vinyl edition as a two LP release, as does Amazon. Four 15 minute sides does seem a little excessive but is understandable given the album’s length and audio fidelity. It would be nice to maybe have three side of music and an etching on side D, a la Neko Case’s latest release on vinyl, but, frankly, we’re just happy to see it in this format no matter how it’s handled.
Thanks to mkgtweety for the pointer!
Today, ToriAmos.com announced The Unrepentant Geraldines Pre-Order Sweepstakes that, if you win, could net you front row tickets to one of the shows on the North American leg of the tour and the opportunity to meet her in person at that show!
To enter the sweepstakes, you’ll need to pre-order a copy of Unrepentant Geraldines, take a photo or a screenshot of the order confirmation, fill out the form on the sweepstakes page and upload the order confirmation image. Finally, you’ll also have to pick a stop on the tour that you would like to win tickets for or, if you are outside one of the markets she is playing and you are unable to travel to one, select vinyl to be in the draw for a personally signed vinyl copy of the album.
All entries must be received by 11:59 PM Pacific time on June 20, 2014.
Note: the sweepstakes page indicates that Unrepentant Geraldines will be available for pre-order on iTunes on April 15th so if you’ve been holding out for it there, you’ll just have to wait a wee bit longer…
There will be 1 winner picked for each of the concerts on the North American leg of the tour. Each winner will get 2 front row tickets and a meet and greet with Tori at the show. Additionally, there will be 20 winners selected for the personally signed copies of the Unrepentant Geraldines vinyl.
Note: as the contest rules state, you must be 18 or older and a legal resident of the United States to enter. You can also enter the contest without pre-ordering the album by sending a postcard with your name, address, birth year and phone number to Josh Levien C/O Tori Amos Pre Order Sweepstakes Universal Music Classics | 1755 Broadway, 2nd Floor | New York, NY 10019 .
Make sure to check out the rest of the fine print for other exciting legalese too!
Good luck to all who enter!
Amazon.com has updated the product description for Unrepentant Geraldines, including details about the album’s deluxe edition and dropping several more hints about the record and some tantalizing specifics about a few of its songs.
Described as a collection of “fairy-tale soul-poems,” the record continues the collaboration between Tori, Mark Hawley, and Marcel van Limbeek although no mention of studio musicians involved in the recording is made. “Trouble’s Lament” is referenced as an “eerie Southern blues song,” and two other tracks are singled out as well: “Giant’s Rolling Pin” is described as “a pithy, spry, jig-like satire on the NSA/Edward Snowden affair,” while “Oysters” is “a classic Amos piano ballad,” that name-checks the pie-making prowess of three women who work at a café near Tori’s home in Florida.
As for the deluxe edition details, packaged as a hard-cover book with lyrics to every song, it will contain a bonus track, “Forest of Glass” (which we forgot to mention was added to Amazon.fr’s track listing this past weekend), and includes a DVD that features video footage from the album photo shoot, studio work and interviews with the Tori — so, as one would have guessed yesterday following the appearance of the making-of video clip, the complete video from which that was culled.
Thanks to Dylan for the tip!
Not much is revealed about the record itself, though Tori mentions the repentant Magdalene and Geraldine. Snippets of several songs from the record make up the backing track so this is our first taste of the music beyond “Trouble’s Lament.” So, if you’re holding out for the whole record before listening to any music from it, you might not want to watch this. However, it is pretty interesting to see video taken during the photo shoots for the album spliced in with Tori discussing about the inspirations and directions for this record.
Certainly there is more to this video than the 3 minutes included here so we’re looking forward to more segments being shared soon. We’d guess, too, that this video will be on the DVD included in the album’s deluxe edition.
Following a small case of premature release last week, “Trouble’s Lament,” the lead track from Tori’s forthcoming album Unrepentant Geraldines, is now available for purchase as a digital download from iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Spotify, and probably several other digital download stores and streaming services as well. We’ve checked and most of the major markets have the single available from at least one service. Not all though — didn’t see it on iTunes Japan or Australia, but maybe that’s just a case of trying to access the store from outside of those markets. In any case, check your preferred source for digital music and hopefully the tune will be available!
Relatedly, the Unrepentant Playlist appeared on Spotify today. This playlist, created by the Tori Amos Spotify profile’s curator, is described as, “a collection of songs that are favorites of Tori’s which she has been listening to over the years.” It includes some of the usual suspects such as Led Zeppelin and Peter Gabriel but also a few surprises such as John Martyn and Cocteau Twins. Oh and a new song called “Trouble’s Lament,” by a new singer/songwriter we just heard of last week named Tori Amos, leads it off. ;-)
Next time we need something to listen to and can’t decide on an album, we’ll be giving it a, um, spin…or stream…or whatever it is one does with playlists. (Click?)
Thanks to @SywakSays, Kevin, Baxter, Erica, and Melanie for the tips!
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, come one, come all!
“Trouble’s Lament,” the lead track from Unrepentant Geraldines, is now available for your listening pleasure courtesy of the fine folks over at The Noisey!
Hopefully we will see it return to iTunes and added to other digital retailers so you can get your very own copy!
Update: Oh all right, every other music news site and blog has embedded the unlisted YouTube video so we might as well too. It’s not like no one knows it’s there!
Update: A little digging turned up the Girlie Action press release that accompanied the premiere of “Trouble’s Lament” earlier today. It includes several quotes about the single from Tori which were used in many of the music media’s reporting on the single as well as a more complete version of the rather striking new promotional photo of Tori taken by Amarpaul Kalirai used on The Noisey’s blog post about the single.
“Trouble’s Lament” is an eerie Southern blues song in which Amos’s matchless voice conjures up images of how the “flames from Satan’s tongue are charged and licking at her heels…”“Having been born in North Carolina, the South walks with me wherever I am in the world,” says Amos. “I can’t get it out of my DNA. I don’t know if it’s a genetic thing, because my mother’s side, so far back, is from the Eastern Cherokee nation. So it’s really in the blood. It’s almost like you listen to the land speaking to you. And wherever I am I can hear the South calling me. I really like the idea that trouble was a young woman….I see her on my travels a lot. And maybe I knew her many years ago when I was in my twenties.”
Unrepentant Geraldines is a return to the inspiring and personal music that Amos is known for the world over. She explains, “After 2009 I walked into three records that are sort of a period of writing that was a different stylistic choice. I needed to walk away from contemporary songwriting. I needed to do something different as a writer.” But those three diverse album projects (Midwinter Graces, Night of Hunters, Gold Dust) followed by her first full-bore theatrical project (The Light Princess) alchemized something anew within. Out of the flux of ambition and distraction and imagination came Amos’ fourteenth studio album, Unrepentant Geraldines. It’s an album on which Amos once more zeroes in on the writing of brightly melodic, deftly evocative chamber-pop.
And here’s that complete photo in all its glory!