Tori Amos has shared details of her sixteenth studio album, Ocean to Ocean. The album will be out on Friday, 29th October through Decca Records.
Written in Cornwall in south-west England during the UK’s long winter lockdown, Ocean to Ocean has been tagged as one of Amos’ most personal records since her 1992 debut, Little Earthquakes.
Amos’ most recent album, 2017’s Native Invader, drew influence from a Tennessee road trip, stories inspired by Amos’ ancestors, the ascension of Donald Trump and the loss of Amos’ mother to a stroke. Ocean to Ocean is even more introspective, having sprouted from what Amos describes as her “own private hell.”
“This is a record about your losses, and how you cope with them,” she said in a statement. “Thankfully when you’ve lived long enough, you can recognise you’re not feeling like the mom you want to be, the wife you want to be, the artist you want to be.”
Amos realised that to lift herself out of this dark place, she would have to write about it.
“I am fascinated when someone has gone through a tragedy, and how they work through their grief,” she said. “When somebody is actually at that place, thinking ‘I’m done’, how do you reach that person?
“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’ will available digitally on Friday, 29th October with a gatefold double-LP to follow on Friday, 28th January 2022.