Tori Amos stopped by WNYC's Soundcheck Podcast for an in-studio performance of "Trouble's Lament" and "Selkie" from her upcoming 14th studio album, Unrepentant Geraldines, as well as speak to host John Schaefer about the creative process.
"Trouble's Lament" is a tune that explores the idea of trouble as a character, while "Selkie" is based on the old scottish myth of a creature that lives as a seal in the sea and a human on land. As a special treat, Amos played "Crucify" from her 1992 debut album, Little Earthquakes. When asked what it's like to revisit old songs, Amos states: "I have heard other people's relationships with so that when I play it now I carry all those impressions with me."
During the 30-minute podcast, Tori Amos explains how she drew her inspiration for Unrepentant Geraldines from visual art. The album title itself references a 19th century painting of the repentant Geraldine. Amos comments, "I began thinking about not apologizing for what you believe in and where you stand and that all women are really Geraldine." She then goes on to discuss the lyrical story telling process, her experience with demanding muses, and working on projects for Deutsche Grammophon and the London's National Theater.