TORONTO, ON – August 12, 2022 – Today, Amythyst Kiah shares her brooding spin on Katy Perry’s Chained To The Rhythm. In a stark contrast to the infectiously-bubbly original, Amythyst’s more contemplative arrangement brings forward the track’s powerful inspection of American culture. Watch the video for Chained To The Rhythm here
This track completes her latest EP, Pensive Pop (available digitally today via Rounder Records). With Pensive Pop, Amythyst further illuminates how her artistic prowess cannot be defined in a single style. This four-track release – which features her renditions of Tori Amos’ standard Sugar, Joy Division’s Love Will Tear Us Apart, and Green Day’s Hitchin’ A Ride – highlights the iconoclastic alt-rock and hard-hitting, diary-like songwriting that first sparked her artistic passion and shaped her musical palate. Listen to Pensive Pop here.
I remember watching the Chained to the Rhythm music video and being blown away by a kind of infectious, self-medicated joy within an ever-colorful dystopia,” says Amythyst. “It actually inspired the poem that would later become Fancy Drones (Fracture Me). I’ve always been fascinated by songs that you can shut your brain off to and dance, while also pointing out that something is terribly wrong. Breaking free of the cycle of mindless consumerism and incessant comparison and creating a life of meaning and some sense of purpose is a difficult task. And while the irony of a famous pop star on a Major Label singing and performing a song that questions the very listener that is dancing is not lost on me, we do each have to ask ourselves, ‘When will we have enough?’”
The tracks of Pensive Pop and of her 2021 Rounder Records debut, Wary + Strange – which was lauded by The New York Times, NPR Morning Edition, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone and more - are just a selection of her setlist for her U.S. and European tours this Summer and throughout the rest of the year. Kiah – who was recently named one of CMT’s Next Women of Country - just recently capped a run of shows with The Who and will be headed out on the road with CAM this year.
Kiah – a GRAMMY-nominated songwriter – was recently featured in Amazon Music’s For Love & Country documentary and one of the faces of Gibson’s Sister Rosetta Tharpe & Generation Acoustic campaigns.
Saturday, August 13 - Guster's On The Ocean Weekend - Portland, ME
Wednesday, August 17 - Paradiso - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Friday, August 19 - Rootsy Summer Fest - Falkenberg, Sweden
Saturday, August 20 - Osterlen Americana Festival - Loderup, Sweden
Sunday, August 21 - Purbeck Valley Folk Festival - Wareham, UK
Monday, August 22 - The Black Box - Belfast, UK
Tuesday, August 23 - Whelan’s - Dublin, Ireland
Thursday, August 25 - Tønder Festival - Tønder, Denmark
Friday, August 26 - Tønder Festival - Tønder, Denmark
Saturday, August 27 - The Long Road Festival - Bottesford, UK
Sunday, August 28 - Shrewsbury Folk Festival - Shrewsbury, UK
Monday, August 29 - Shrewsbury Folk Festival - Shrewsbury, UK
Thursday, Sept. 8 - Hopscotch Music Festival - Raleigh, NC
Saturday, Sept. 10 - Mountain Song Festival - Brevard, NC
Thursday, Sept. 15 - Scoot Inn - Austin, TX&
Friday, Sept. 16 - The Echo Lounge and Music Hall - Dallas, TX&
Friday, Sept. 23 - Neighborhood Theatre - Charlotte, NC&
Saturday, Sept. 24 - Variety Playhouse - Atlanta, GA&
Sunday, Sept. 25 - Ryman Auditorium - Nashville, TN&
Thursday, Sept. 29 - World Cafe Live - Philadelphia, PA&
Wednesday, Oct. 5 - Patricia Reser Center for the Arts - Beaverton, OR
Friday, Oct. 21 - Brooklyn Folk Festival - Brooklyn, NY
Saturday, Oct. 22 - Kennedy Center - Washington, DC
Sunday, Oct. 23 - Metro Gallery - Baltimore, MD
Monday, Oct. 24 - Webster Hall - New York, NY&
Friday, Nov. 4 - Carnegie Hall - New York%
Friday, Nov. 11 - EFG London Jazz Festival: Jazz Voice, Royal Festival Hall - London UK
Saturday, Nov. 12 - EFG London Jazz Festival: Bush Hall - London, UK
Sunday, Nov. 13 - The Jam Jar - Bristol, UK
Tuesday, Nov. 15 - The Voodoo Rooms - Edinburgh, UK
Wednesday, Nov. 16 - Day & Night - Manchester, UK
Friday, Nov. 18 - Privatclub - Berlin, Germany
Saturday, Nov. 19 - Kranhalle - Munich, Germany
Sunday, Nov. 20 - Legend Club - Milan, Italy
Tuesday, Nov. 22 - Point Ephemere - Paris, France
Friday, Dec. 2 - Only The Wild Ones Weekend 2022 - Puerto Morelos, MX
& denotes show with CAM
% denotes show with Our Native Daughters

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