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Tori Amos Finds Safety ‘Speaking With Trees’ in New Song

Rolling Stone logo Rolling Stone 9/29/2021 Althea Legaspi
Tori Amos wearing sunglasses posing for the camera © Desmond Murray

Tori Amos has released new song “Speaking With Trees,” the first single from her upcoming album, Ocean to Ocean. The LP arrives October 29th via Decca.

On the song, Amos turns to nature to find hope in the midst of difficult times.

“Speaking with trees/Speaking with my grief,” she sings. “I’m almost sure that they all grieve with me… Since you left, I’ve been hiding your ashes under the tree house/Don’t be surprised, I cannot let you go/You will be safe here, safe in the tree house/They will protect you, of this I am sure.”

The album examines the way people work through pain, among other topics related our current era. Amos wrote Oceans to Oceans while spending time between being on the road and living in Cornwall and Florida, where she experienced a “personal crisis” spurred on by the storming of the Capitol on January 6th, according to a statement.

“We have all had moments that can knock us down,” Amos said in a statement. “This record 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.”

Ocean to Ocean marks Amos’ first solo LP since 2017’s Native Invader. Last year, she released a four-song holiday EP, Christmastide and she published her second book, a memoir, Resistance: A Songwriter’s Story of Hope, Change, and Courage.

 

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