WATCH: Amanda Palmer Plays as Water Rises for “Drowning in the Sound” Video

The track is off her first solo full-length in seven years, There Will Be No Intermission

Today, Amanda Palmer shared the music video for “Drowning in the Sound,” a track off her March-released album There Will Be No Intermission. The sparse six-minute tune details everything from climate change to #MeToo, and Palmer confronts the ways we try to help solve these global problems—sometimes effectively, but oftentimes not—plus spotlights the lack of compassion with which we tend to treat those in opposition to us. 

Directed, produced, and edited by Michael Pope, the music video merges interpretive dance and Amanda pounding on a piano amidst rising waters. It also stars (pregnant) choreographer Coco Karol. 

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Of the video, Amanda said: “The overwhelming news about climate change, the politics of a woke and devastated internet, the isolation that everybody is feeling right now… how do you make a music video about that? Michael Pope and I have been co-creating video treatments for over fifteen years together, ever since we first sat down to write the treatment for ‘Girl Anachronism’ for The Dresden Dolls, we’ve always bitten off more than we could chew, and this video was no exception. The set of the video itself was a healing space: all of these performers and crew gathered together to try to pull off something sort of impossible on a shoe-string budget. Coco, our choreographer and my new-found friend, was seven months pregnant when we shot the footage, and the whole cast and crew almost revolved around that baby inside her. She and I both experienced painful miscarriages a few years ago, and we took turns carrying each other through the dark. This project was a sort of a healing ritual for us both; and the whole crew and cast wanted this video to feel like the crossroads between brutal hopelessness and passionate hope, which is what everybody seems to be feeling nowadays.”

Palmer is currently touring her new album with a stage show featuring just her, a piano, and a ukulele (no band). A full list of dates is below; get tickets at

Amanda Palmer Tour Dates

4 – Meervaart – Amsterdam, Netherlands
6 – Admiralspalast – Berlin, Germany
11 – Alte Kongressaal – Munich, Germany
13 – Capitol – Offenbach, Germany
14 – Konzerthaus – Vienna, Austria
15 – Stefaniensaal – Graz, Austria
18 – Theaterhaus – Stuttgart, Germany
19 – Colosseum – Essen, Germany
20 – De Roma – Antwerp, Belgium
24 – Laeiszhalle – Hamburg, Germany
25 – Haus Auensee – Leipzig, Germany
26 – Hybernia – Prague, Czech Republic
27 – Conservatoire – Luxembourg, Luxembourg

11 – Bremen Teater – Copenhagen, Denmark
12 – Södra Teatern – Stockholm, Sweden – SOLD OUT
16 – De La Warr Pavilion – Bexhill, UK
19 – St. David’s Hall – Cardiff, UK
20 – Corn Exchange – Cambridge, UK
23 – Opera House – Cork, Ireland
24 – National Concert Hall – Dublin, Ireland
26 – Ulster Hall – Belfast, Northern Ireland
27 – University Concert Hall – Limerick, Ireland

1 – Carnegie Hall – Dunfermline, UK
2 – City Halls – Glasgow, UK
3 – Royal Albert Hall – Manchester, UK
4 – Opera House – York, UK
7 – Tyne Theatre – Newcastle, UK
24 – Theatro Circo – Braga, Portugal

5 – Union Chapel – London, UK – SOLD OUT
6 – Union Chapel – London, UK – SOLD OUT
13 – Union Chapel – London, UK


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