Walking, talking Tarot card Tori Amos doesn’t merely release albums—she spins complex webs of music and mythology, crafting tales whose terpsichorean expression is but one groove in her woodcut carving on the world. To that end, her forthcoming Night Of The Hunters for German classical music label Deutsche Grammophon is more accurately described as a “21st-century song cycle,” with Amos drawing inspiration from classical pieces “spanning the last 400 years” to tell an “ongoing, modern” story. Alas, that story does not concern an army of Robert Mitchum serial-killer priests, but rather, in Amos’s words, concerns “a woman who finds herself in the dying embers of a relationship. In the course of one night, she goes through an initiation of sorts that leads her to reinvent herself, allowing the listener to follow her on a journey to explore complex musical and emotional subject matter.” (Given how Amos’s female protagonists typically fare, we’re guessing that “initiation of sorts” isn’t, say, a sorority pledge ritual.)
Anyway, in case that description wasn’t Tori Amos-y enough to pique your interest, Amos went on: “One of the main themes explored on this album is the hunter and the hunted and how both exist within us.” Amos then folded into herself, like a leaf wilting under a rain shower, to sleep and speak no more until the moon was in its third quarter phase, and the nymphs and sprites came out to play.