Tori Amos‘ new album Gold Dust comes out October 2. In celebration of the 20th anniversary of Little Earthquakes, she has handpicked and re-imagined songs from throughout her catalog, and rerecorded them with the Metropole Orchestra.
Gold Dust is a personal journey through the Amos songbook that reaffirms the timelessness of her music. Beloved gems like “Silent All These Years” and “Precious Things” take on new life alongside lesser-known treasures such as “Flavor” and a number of tracks underwent significant reworking when adapted for orchestra. Almost autobiographical in structure, the songs represent stories culled from Tori’s own life relationships: “Jackie’s Strength” is about her relationship with her mother, “Winter” is about her father and grandfather and “Snow Cherries from France” is about her husband. “My relationship with all of these songs has changed over the years and they have changed my life. So it wasn’t just about capturing the past it was about realizing that the songs had a new narrative now – 10 or 20 years later than they did when I originally recorded them” comments Amos.
The origins of Gold Dust began in 2010 when Tori received a call from the Metropole Orchestra in the Netherlands inviting her to perform with them. After hearing the songs performed in a live orchestral setting, Tori was compelled to put them down on record.