“It’s a 21st century song cycle inspired by classical music themes spanning over 400 years. I have used the structure of a song cycle to tell an ongoing, modern story. The protagonist is a woman who finds herself in the dying embers of a relationship. In the course of one night she goes through an initiation of sorts that leads her to reinvent herself allowing the listener to follow her on a journey to explore complex musical and emotional subject matter. One of the main themes explored on this album is the hunter and the hunted and how both exist within us.”
The idea that Tori Amos could create an album that incorporates variations on classical themes (examples include "Nocturne Op. 9 No. 1" by Chopin and "Sonata in F minor K. 466" by Scarlatti) while simultaneously generating and sustaining an album-centered storyline just reaffirms that this woman is a musical genius.
The video for the first single, "Carry," was released on August 17.
Here's an interview and a "behind-the-scenes" look at the making of the album.