Amanda Palmer has released a new video for “The Bed Song” today, her fourth video from her critically acclaimed new album, Theatre is Evil. The stunning and heart-wrenching video, directed by Michael McQuilken and shot at Bard College last summer, is currently available on Amanda’s Youtube channel.
When asked how she and the director captured the raw emotion of the song in such an elegantly powerful visual story, Amanda has this to say: “When I wrote the script for “The Bed Song” video, I knew it could either turn out looking like a heartbreaking piece of filmed theater or a bad soap opera. I think we achieved the former, but only due to the lucky, lucky alchemy of people and resources that collided to make it happen. The director, the designer, the location, the impossibly talented range of actors…all of them came together with the kind of unlikely timing that happens once in a lifetime. If I never make another music video, I’ll die happy knowing I made this one.”
The new video rounds out a stellar year for Amanda, which included seeing her self-released album, Theatre Is Evil, debut in the Billboard Top 10 last September. Amanda’s new year is proving to be equally exciting, as she prepares to deliver a “TED Talk” at the world-renown “big ideas” confab on February 27, where she will discuss her unique business model and explore ideas around community building, crowd-sourcing and audience engagement. “Being invited to speak on the main stage of TED is such a huge honor. I will defy all expectations and very probably give my talk fully clothed,” says Palmer.
Theatre Is Evil showcases Amanda’s powerful vocals and talented songwriting in ways that may surprise even her most ardent fans. Written over the course of several years (since the release of her last studio album, Who Killed Amanda Palmer), the album offers a collection of sounds and rhythms heavily influenced by the music Palmer grew up listening to – most notably 80s synth rock and Brit Pop. Recorded in Melbourne with producer John Congleton, the new album is her first time working with a full band: The Grand Theft Orchestra, featuring Michael McQuilken, Chad Raines and Jherek Bischoff.