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Tori Amos Re-Imagines Her Past With 'Gold Dust'

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When most artists hit the two decade mark of their career, they often opt for reissuing their early releases or putting out a greatest hits collection with a few new tracks thrown in. In Tori Amos’s case, her upcoming retrospective Gold Dust not only celebrates her past, but re-imagines it.

In honor of the 20th anniversary of 1992′s career-making Little Earthquakes, Amos has hand-picked songs from her extensive back catalogue and reworked them with the renowned Metropole Orchestra. Gold Dust features fan favorites “Silent All These Years” and “Precious Things,” as well as lesser known songs like “Flavor.”

“The 20 years is about celebrating different times that have happened – all the blessings, all the conversations which have taken place and inspired these songs. This is a collection of new studio recordings of where they are now and who they have become,” Amos said. Although it has an eye on the past, Gold Dust is also a progression of sorts, as its classical sound is one the singer channeled for last year’s Night of Hunters.

The album’s origins go back to 2010, when Amos received a call from the Metropole Orchestra in the Netherlands inviting her to perform with them. Hearing the songs in a live orchestral setting inspired her to record them. Gold Dust is also an sonic documentation of the singer’s own journey: autobiographical tracks like “Jackie’s Strength” “Winter” and “Snow Cherries from France” all detail her relationships with her mother, grandfather, father and 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” Amos said.

Gold Dust is due out on October 2.

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