Published Apr 30, 2012Formerly one half of the Dresden Dolls, Amanda Palmer is set to release her first solo studio album in four years. She's teamed up with her new band the Grand Theft Orchestra on the record, which is slated to arrive in September.
Her last studio album was the Ben Folds-produced Who Killed Amanda Palmer from 2008, though she showed her love for Australia and New Zealand on last year's Amanda Palmer Goes Down Under. It's unsurprising then, that she chose to record the new LP in Melbourne with John Congleton (St. Vincent, Modest Mouse, Xiu Xiu).
As of today (April 30), a Kickstarter campaign has begun to raise the necessary funds for Palmer to self-release her new material.
Speaking about her decision to release the album herself, Palmer stated: "I've been waiting what seems like ages to release this album, trying to figure out how to serve it best, since I think it's the best material I've ever written. I had to find the right business team, the right musicians, the right producer, and most importantly, the right system through which to release it. I've been experimenting with self-releasing little projects for a while, learning as I go, and my team knows enough now to self-release a massive record."
In addition to the new tunes, Palmer has also announced plans for a travelling art exhibition, which she'll also be funding on Kickstarter, in conjunction with some upcoming tour dates. Composed of contributions from over 30 artists inspired by Palmer's work, the pop-up art exhibit will be making six appearances in Europe and the United States this summer, with accompanying performances from the piano-playing songstress.
Artists set to be featured in the exhibition include Kristin Hersh (Throwing Muses), Conrad Keely (...And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead), Robyn Hitchcock, Neil Gaiman, Shepard Fairey and DJ Spooky, among others.
You can learn more about the album, the exhibition and some other related projects, as well as make a pledge, over at the Kickstarter campaign page.
6/14 Berlin, Germany - Roter Salon
6/20 London, UK - The Village Underground
6/27 New York, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
7/13 San Francisco, CA - Public Works
7/18 Los Angeles, CA - The Roxy
8/2 Boston, MA - The Middle East
6/13-15 Berlin, Germany - Platoon
6/19 London, UK - The Village Underground
6/29-7/1 New York, NY - Momenta Art
7/14 San Francisco - Public Works
7/20-25 Los Angeles - Pop Tart Gallery
8/2-4 Boston, MA - The Middle East