Tori Amos Native Invader 2LP
Toris confessional style of writing sees her continue to push boundaries with
messages of empowerment and unforeseen global challenges.
Native Invader is an intense feast of melody, protest, tenderness and pain. In
the summer of 2016, Tori took a road trip through North Carolina's Smoky
Mountains. The intention was to reconnect with the stories and songlines of her
mother's family, who were from the North Carolina and Tennessee Smoky Mountain
area. That winter, two seismic events knocked the plan off its axis. The fall
out from the US Election. And in January her mother, Maryellen Amos, suffered a
severe stroke leaving her unable to speak.
The complex influence of America's alt-right Super PACs, lobbyists and think
tanks informs much of the tension in Native Invader. "It wasn't going to be a
record of pain, blood and bone when I began," Tori says. "It wasn't going to be
a record of division. But the Muses 9 insisted that I listened and watched the
conflicts that were traumatizing the nation and write about those raw emotions.
Hopefully people will find strength and resilience within the songs to give them
the energy to survive the storms that we are currently in". The sense of
semantic distortion permeates Native Invader. Tori talks of the need to form a
"militia of the mind" in the face of national lies.
Made in Germany
1. Reindeer King
3. Broken Arrow
1. Cloud Riders
2. Up The Creek
2. Chocolate Song
4. Mary's Eyes