Amanda Palmer has shared “Drowning In The Sound,” the first single off her newly announced forthcoming album There Will Be No Intermission, due out Mar. 8, 2019, through 8 Ft. Records. The album was entirely crowd-funded by supporters and fans, and will be accompanied by an independently released artbook of narrative photography by Palmer.
“Drowning In The Sound” is nearly vaudevillian in its heightened drama, all apocalyptic proclamations and barking cello stabs, while Palmer enunciates her verses like a theater kid who tripped, fell and ended up an end-times cult leader. The song was also fashioned in a crowd-sourced manner—its lyrics are pulled from comments on Palmer’s blog, and many of the comments reference Hurricane Harvey, which had made landfall the day before the song was written.
It’s all overwhelmingly desperate and bracing, something that Palmer says exemplifies the style of the album. “Most of these songs were exercises in survival,” she said in a statement. “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.”
Palmer will be taking There Will Be No Intermission on the road following its March release. Find a full list of her tour dates further down.
Listen to “Drowning In The Sound” below, along with a Palmer performance from the 2013 Newport Folk Festival.
Amanda Palmer 2019 Tour Dates:
13-14 – Austin, Texas @ SXSW
21 – Detroit, Mich. @ The Cathedral – Masonic Temple
22 – Toronto, Ont. @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre
23 – Montreal, Que. @ Monument National – Ludger-Duvernay Theatre
05 – Washington, D.C. @ National Theatre
06 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ Temple Performing Arts Center
12 – Chicago, Ill. @ Chicago Theatre
13 – St. Paul, Minn. @ The O’Shaughnessy at St. Catherine University
19 – Boston, Mass. @ Orpheum Theatre
20 – New York, N.Y. @ Beacon Theatre
10 – San Francisco, Calif. @ The Warfield
11 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ Theatre at Ace Hotel
17 – Atlanta, Ga. @ Cobb Energy Centre
18 – Nashville, Tenn. @ Ryman Auditorium
30 – St. Louis, Mo. @ The Pageant
31 – Kansas City, Mo. @ Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland
01 – Denver, Colo. @ Paramount Theatre
06 – Vancouver, B.C. @ The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts
07 – Seattle, Wash. @ Paramount Theatre
08 – Portland, Ore. @ Crystal Ballroom