Amanda Palmer announces new album, drops new single

Singer-songwriter Amanda Palmer.
Singer-songwriter Amanda Palmer. –Josh Reynolds for The Boston Globe

Amanda Palmer announced the highly anticipated release of her first solo studio album in six years, “There Will Be No Intermission,’’ Tuesday morning. She also shared upcoming international tour dates, news of her forthcoming hardback art book, and dropped a new single, “Drowning in the Sound.’’

Palmer, a singer, songwriter, and pianist whose musical career kicked off as one half of the Boston-based Dresden Dolls, spent the past few years working to crowd-fund fan support on subscription platform Patreon. The creative collaboration resulted in about two “Patreon Things’’ per month from Palmer, including songs, videos, and full-length collections. “There Will Be No Intermission,’’ set for release in March 2019, was funded with the support of 12,000 Palmer fans on Patreon.


“I’ve never been nervous about releasing a record before, but this one is different,’’ Palmer said in a statement. “The rise of global fascism alongside the spreading fire of #MeToo has forged a louder megaphone for all women, and we’re all seeing that radical truth is infectious. I feel more urgency than ever to share the naked truth of my experiences.’’

The 20-track album touches on a number of topics, and the new single uses comments from Palmer’s blog to tackle a variety of societal concerns.

“The kind of stories that I’m sharing on this record — abortion, miscarriage, cancer, grief, the darker sides of parenthood — have been therapeutic and frightening to write,’’ Palmer said. “But every time I play them for my friends and fans, the nodding heads of empathy have lit a fire under my ass to record and release them.’’

Palmer’s tour includes a performance in Boston on April 19, 2019.

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