AUSTIN, TX-Tori Amos is a treasure. The singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist played her final Texas show in Austin on May 1st. Accompanied by a phenomenal percussionist Ash Soan and bassist Jon Evans, Amos performed a great selection of her extensive material.
Tori is touring behind her latest album ‘Ocean to Ocean’, released in 2021 via Decca Records. Described as an “emotional record”, which doesn’t come as a surprise, it’s a work with deep roots in the sociological events of the pandemic, the attack on the Capitol, and the state of politics in this country. Amos revealed this creation came from a place of loss, personal hell, and the ability to cope while being truthful about the place where she was at.
Her exquisite command of the piano, the lighting, on-stage collaborators, and her signature fiery red hair was a minimal, yet stunning combination of different textures and tones set both visually and sonically.
The visibly diverse crowd was equally mesmerized and embraced the strong, yet floaty spirit of the set. No walk of life seemed out of place. There was communion and profound connection.
Tori Amos has been a performer since age 13. A human of extraordinary talent and beauty, but no stranger to painful experiences. Grief couldn’t be contained in lockdown any longer.
The nearly 2 hours set began with the heartfelt “Juarez”, written as a tribute to the hundreds of women tortured, murdered, and disappeared in the Juarez desert. She followed with an interlude and “To Venus and back” and the single “Bliss”.
“Ocean to Ocean” was the first song played from the new record, proceeding by alternating songs from “Little Earthquakes”, “Native Invader”, “The Beekeeper”, “Under The Pink”, “American Doll Pose”, “Abnormally Attracted to Sin” “From the Choirgirl Hotel” and covers of “The House of the Rising Sun” and her own “Father’s Son” with an interlude of “Riders on the Storm” which almost, almost! made the song slightly enjoyable but I could’ve passed from a personal preference.
Amos alternated between piano and keyboard, which felt like a mood-based choice that allowed us to take a seat and navigate her classics and compelling new material.
Without a doubt, this was one of the most touching shows I’ve attended, and l look forward to having that privilege again in the future.
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