Tori Amos Announces New Holiday-Themed EP

by Kevin Schattenkirk

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Tuesday November 10, 2020

Tori Amos
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Iconoclastic singer/songwriter Tori Amos has announced a new holiday-themed EP, Pitchfork reports.

"Christmastide," a four-song collection, will be released digitally and on vinyl through Decca Records on December 4. In a statement, Amos said:

"With 'Christmastide' it was important to be positive and to try and lift people's spirits. It's a time of year that should be joyful with family and friends but also can sadly be a very lonely place for some. Many families will be unable to be together this year because of the Pandemic as well as many that are also dealing with the aftermath of a long and bitter U.S. Election. I hope these songs contained in this beautiful package can be a small treat to help along the way.

We will get through these tough times together with strength in unity and hope."

"Christmastide" marks the first new music from Amos since her cover of the pop standard "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square" for the 2019 BBC adaptation of the book "Good Omens," co-authored by the late Terry Pratchett and Amos' close friend Neil Gaiman. It also marks the first collection of all-new original material from Amos, usually a highly prolific songwriter, since her critically acclaimed fifteenth album "Native Invader" in 2017.

Also a treat for die-hard Amos fans — often referred to as "ears with feet" — is the return of Jon Evans (bass) and Matt Chamberlain (drums) on "Christmastide." Amos' working relationship with both musicians dates back to 1998 with her fourth album "From the Choirgirl Hotel." Evans and Chamberlain last appeared on Amos' 2009 albums "Abnormally Attracted to Sin" and the holiday-themed "Midwinter Graces."

Kevin Schattenkirk is an ethnomusicologist and pop music aficionado.

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