Amanda Palmer, Jherek Bischoff to release EP of David Bowie covers
Amanda Palmer and Jherek Bischoff will release an EP of David Bowie covers Friday, less than one month after the superstar’s death. The six-song set features Palmer’s husband, author Neil Gaiman, John Cameron Mitchell, and Anna Calvi. Palmer’s Patreon supporters financed Strung Out in Heaven, which will sell for $1 on Bandcamp.
Bowie died Jan. 10 at age 69 after losing his 18-month battle with cancer. According to Palmer’s statement to Pitchfork, Strung Out in Heaven will serve as “a tiny fleshy reminder that Bowie, like our other friends, mentors and heroes who’ve been consumed by cancer in the past few months, was just…passing through.”
“We were immersing ourselves in Bowieland, living in the songs, super-glueing up some fresh wounds,” the former Dresden Dolls frontwoman said. “Not just ‘knowing’ the songs, but feeling the physical chords under our sad fingers, excavating the deeper architecture of the songwriting (especially with a tune as bizarre as ‘Blackstar,’ which we realized was constructed like a sonic Russian nesting doll).”
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Hear the full collection ahead of its release and see the track list below:
1. Blackstar (ft. Anna Calvi)
2. Space Oddity (ft. Neil Gaiman)
3. Ashes to Ashes
4. Heroes (ft. John Cameron Mitchell)
5. Helden (Single Version) (ft. John Cameron Mitchell)
6. Jherek Bischoff: “Life on Mars?” (instrumental)