Now she is free of her record label, Amanda Palmer is doing what any ambitious artist would do, given the opportunity to record any project whatsoever: she is releasing an EP of Radiohead covers. The Dresden Doll will interpret "simple" Radiohead tunes ... on her ukulele.
Although Palmer has been hinting at the record for a while, she finally confirmed the release in an email to fans this week. It didn't take much reading between the lines. "I'm going to unveil my NEW ALBUM PROJECT," she wrote, "which *might* be an EP, and it *might* be an EP of Radiohead songs, and I *might* be playing those Radiohead songs on a magical instrument like, oh, a little ukulele."
Though Palmer is presently touring with Evelyn Evelyn, she has found time for Radiohead sessions in the studio, on stage, and in front of her webcam. Live ukulele versions of Creep and Exit Music (For a Film) have already appeared on YouTube, and Thom Yorke will be pleased to discover that someone has recorded an even more maudlin rendition of Fake Plastic Trees.
In earlier posts about Radiohead covers, Palmer made her intentions clear. "I [just] recorded five Radiohead songs on ukulele for heavy-duty shits and giggles," she wrote in March. Elsewhere, they were "sad little [tunes]" used as procrastination tools. "A Radiohead ukulele cover album might just have to be what I do to Shed The Past and Find God," she wrote in February. "Some people ACTUALLY find God and record Christian albums. I just find Radiohead." Later that month she solicited song suggestions from fans, warning them the Radiohead tunes must be "simple" and "singable". Whereas Yorke, Jonny Greenwood, Phil Selway et al are unbridled in their approach to recording, Palmer sought tracks that wouldn't need "Radiohead production fanciness" and which "only have four to six chords, tops".
The as yet unnamed, er, ukuladiohead album will be released in July.