Singer, songwriter, piano-slayer and blogger Amanda Palmer is preparing to release her first new studio album in four years, in conjunction with her new band, The Grand Theft Orchestra, featuring Michael McQuilken, Chad Raines and Jherek Bischoff. The album, recently recorded in Melbourne with producer John Congleton (St. Vincent, Murder By Death, Modest Mouse, Xiu Xiu), will also include a visual art exhibit featuring 30 visual artists who have created work inspired by the album. And true to form, the undisputed queen of fan engagement is turning to her fans for help, launching a new Kickstarter campaign that will enable her to execute the ambitious global release at levels rarely seen by independent artists.
“I’ve been waiting what seems like ages to release this album, trying to figure out how to serve it best, since i think it’s the best material I’ve ever written. I had to find the right business team, the right musicians, the right producer, and most importantly, the right system through which to release it. I’ve been experimenting with self-releasing little projects for a while, learning as I go, and my team knows enough now to self-release a massive record.”