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Amanda Palmer (Dresden Dolls, Evelyn Evelyn) has joined forces with Rhiannon Giddens (Carolina Chocolate Drops) for a stirring take on a Portishead tune, and for a timely cause dear to them both.

“It’s a Fire” was originally on Portishead’s 1994 album, Dummy, but this inspirational version hopes to raise funds for Free Black University.

In a statement Palmer said:

“There is something about this song that speaks to a deeper connection between things happening right now. Black Lives Mattering, COVID, fear and trust are all colliding with one another…. I wanted this cover version to sound more like a dark closet talk between two friends… hanging onto each other for dear life whispering, ‘We’re gonna make it out of here.’”

Check out their gorgeous take on “It’s a Fire”…

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Mel is the WFPK mid-day host.