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Watch the Amanda Palmer ‘Mother’ Video, Tearing Down Walls with Compassion

ph. KRYS FOX

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Watch the Amanda Palmer ‘Mother’ Video, Tearing Down Walls with Compassion

this song and music video are dedicated to the current administration.

you will not build walls in our children’s hearts.

In a business that praises artists like straight, white cis-male rapper Macklemore for their strong fight for the equality of same-sex love and just love (because we queers clearly can’t speak for ourselves), Amanda Palmer is an artist that remains divisive.

That’s fair-ish.

I guess.

We’ve all got our likes and our dislikes and, arguably, art isn’t art inside of a political climate unless it’s a talking point, but she gets a little too much flack. There are way more things to be angry about, and if not angry, as her video and the message behind her cover of Pink Floyd’s Mother, compassionate.

Mother invites the talents of long-time Palmer collaborator in strings arranger Jherek Bischoff — he, Amanda, and Anna Calvi produced a beautiful tribute to David Bowie with their rendition of Blackstar — and cellist Zoë Keating. The video was directed by Jordan Rathus, choreographed by Coco Karol, and features actor Chris Wells as the presidential figure, and Melissa Auf Der Maur.

The video is a powerful take on and dedicated directly to the current, political administration.

NSFW in a way, except it shouldn’t be.

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A proudly queer, freelance music journalist, Em splits her time between Durham and London. When she's not at a gig, mouth-agape, she'll be camped outside of a Parisian bistro taking photographs of strangers. The little pleasures in life are the most meaningful to her: Her dog, family-and-extended, and Milkybar buttons. Her motto -- a snippet from Alexander Pope's Essay on Man -- is, "hope springs eternal."

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