Tori Amos has shared a new animated lyric video for album single “Spies.” The track is taken from her new album, Ocean to Ocean, which was recently released to widespread acclaim by fans and media alike.
Propelled by locomotive bass and drums and Tori’s singular pop production, “Spies” is an endearing account of the bats and other creepy-crawlies that entered the Cornish house terrorizing her daughter Tash at night. The song’s Helen Ward-illustrated visual is a breathtaking and playful work of art that will be sure to transfix viewers.
The album debuted at No.2 on the Billboard Current Alternative Albums, and No.6 on the Billboard Album Sales Charts, which marks her tenth “Top 10” appearance.
Ocean To Ocean is an album of kinship and love, of emotional and geographical dislocation. It explores environmental concerns, the restraints of the pandemic for those on the cusp of adulthood, empowerment, loss & healing delivered with Tori’s trademark urgency and passion.
Splitting her life between Cornwall, Florida and the road, her songs are written with the act of traveling and observing. As communities around the world suffered the loss of life, live music, travel, and much at all to observe, Amos had a difficult time during the pandemic. Holed up in Cornwall, she hit a place of personal crisis.
Having always been intensely affected by political upheaval in the US, Amos was dismayed by the storming of the Capitol on January 6. Against all odds, that crisis resulted in Ocean to Ocean, Amos’ most personal work in years – an album bursting with warmth and connection, with deep roots in her earliest songwriting.
“We have all had moments that can knock us down,” she says. “This record sits with you where you are, especially if you are in a place of loss. I am fascinated when someone has gone through a tragedy, and how they work through their grief. That is where the gold is.
When somebody is actually at that place, thinking “I’m done”, how do you reach that person? Sometimes 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.”