Amanda Palmer collaborated with Edward Ka-Spel, founding member of the experimental rock group the Legendary Pink Dots, on the upcoming record I Can Spin a Rainbow. Following the album's May 5th release, the two artists will embark on a short tour in the U.S. and Europe.
Palmer is a longtime fan of Ka-Spel's group. She initially met the band in 1992 and later hosted several members of the group when they played in the United States in 1995. More than 20 years later, the duo started work on I Can Spin a Rainbow last spring at a studio in England owned by Imogen Heap.
"We merged our songwriting heads and poetic worlds to make a new universe," Palmer said in a statement. "We would sit in Imogen's house drinking cups of tea, bemoaning the state of the upcoming election, binge drinking in the U.K., the refugee crisis, our internet addictions, frightening news we had read, our relationships ... and then we'd compost all of the ingredients of our fears and conversations into song form."
Palmer described the resulting album as "a spiritual experience." "The rainbow metaphor – which is also a nod to the 'spinning beach ball of death' on a Mac – was a wide-open image that kept popping up as a recurring theme on the record," Palmer added. "It's both dark and light at the same time. To me, the songs are simultaneously frightening and comforting, like a thunderstorm heard from a living room."
I Can Spin a Rainbow is set for a May 5th release. Palmer and Ka-Spel kick off the American leg of their subsequent tour on May 17th in Boston, where Palmer first saw the Legendary Pink Dots more than two decades ago. After five American dates, the band heads to Europe. Tickets are available via Palmer's website.
I Can Spin a Rainbow Track List
1. Pulp Fiction
2. Shahla's Missing Page
3. The Shock of Kontakt
4. Beyond The Beach
5. The Clock at the Back of the Cage
6. The Changing Room
7. The Jack of Hands
8. Prithee: Liquidation Day
9. Rainbow's End
10. The Sun Still Shines (vinyl only)
11. Subway (vinyl only)
Amanda Palmer and Edward Ka-Spel Tour Dates
May 17 - Boston, MA @ Middle East
May 20 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
May 21 - Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade NYC
May 23 - San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
May 24 - Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
May 31 - Warsaw, PO @ Proxima
June 1 - Munich, DE @ Muffathalle
June 2 - Leipzig, DE @ Wave & Gotik Treffen
June 4 - Prague, CZ @ Palác Akropolis
June 5 - Hamburg, DE @ Fabrik
June 9 - Antwerp, BE @ Trix Club
June 10 - Amsterdam, NL @ Melkweg
June 11 - Paris, FR @ Cigale
June 13 - London, UK @ Heaven
June 16 - Vienna, AT @ Porgy & Bess