Upfront of the release of her forthcoming album, Ocean To Ocean, Tori Amos has spoken exclusively to MOJO about the album and her entire career.
In this month’s MOJO, Amos reveals to John Aizlewood why she scrapped a whole album over lockdown, starting again from scratch to create Ocean To Ocean. The album will be released by Decca on October 29.
“The 2020 election happened, January 6 happened [The day of the Capitol attack in Washington] and I was a different person to the one who’d written [the scrapped album],” she says. “I didn’t want to play those songs because I couldn’t hold that energy anymore… In February, I thought I had failed, because I’d been hanging on to work that wasn’t what I felt people needed to hear.”
"As gales swirled outside, I sat in the garden cottage every morning for three weeks coming to terms. After my first day in the cottage, it became clear I didn't know what the new record needed to be. Three weeks later, I still didn't know. I surrendered to the muses, saying, "It's a mystery how I'm gonna do this or what it's about," although I did know I wanted to write something that reflects where we are. then I got an answer: "You really need to listen to where people are.""
The first single from the album, Speaking With Trees, is out now. You can listen to it below:
You can pre-order Ocean To Ocean here https://toriamos.lnk.to/OceantoOceanPR
The full Tori Amos interview, covering her entire career, is available to read in the latest issue of MOJO, available now in UK stores and direct from us here: [https://www.greatmagazines.co.uk/mojo-336-november-2021\](http://The full Tori Amos interview, covering her entire career, is available to read in the latest issue of MOJO, available now in UK stores and direct from us here: https://www.greatmagazines.co.uk/mojo-336-november-2021)
Tour information is available here https://toriamos.com/tour/