Tori Amos has gone from “1,000 Oceans” to Ocean to Ocean.
A lot has happened in the world since Amos released her last album, Native Invader, in 2017. Now, the piano siren is back with Ocean to Ocean, her 16th studio album, out October 29 from Decca Records.
The new collection of songs is described as a “universal story of going to rock bottom and renewing yourself all over again.” It was inspired by losses Amos suffered in her personal life, and the upsetting events that occurred on a major scale, like the attempted insurrection of the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.
“This is a record about your losses, and how you cope with them,” Amos said in the album announcement. “Thankfully when you’ve lived long enough, you can recognize you’re not feeling like the mom you want to be, the wife you want to be, the artist you want to be. I realized that to shift this, you have to write from the place where you are. I was in my own private hell, so I told myself, then that’s where you write from — you’ve done it before.”
The fiery fairy goddess has been a favorite of the queer community since her 1992 solo debut, Little Earthquakes. Even though it has been four years since Amos released an album, in 2020 she released a four-song holiday EP, Christmastide, and a book, Resistance: A Songwriter’s Story of Hope, Change, and Courage. It was billed as a “timely and passionate call to action for engaging with our current political moment” and used songs from Amos’s own vast catalog as anchors for each section. Her penchant for powerful political messages continues with her new music.
“We have all had moments that can knock us down,” Amos added. “[Ocean to Ocean] sits with you where you are, especially if you are in a place of loss. I am fascinated when someone has gone through a tragedy, and how they work through their grief. That is where the gold is. When somebody is actually at that place, thinking ’I’m done,’ how do you reach that person? Sometimes it’s not about a pill or a double shot of tequila. It’s about sitting in the muck together. I’m going to meet you in the muck.”
Sounds like Sad Girl Fall is really happening!