Where do I begin? When LA Reid tweeted in January that we’d be hearing new music soon from Fiona Apple, the first semi-concrete news on her return in six (torturous) years, I think I literally jumped for joy. Maybe I shed a tear. There had been so many rumors and so many false positives, I was slightly embarrassed by my initial excitement.
But shortly after the Epic Records CEO’s announcement, the label’s spokeswoman confirmed that we would indeed hear A WHOLE ALBUM from our favorite reclusive & sultry sullen girl before the year’s (world’s) end. And now, according to MSL’s year-end numbers, Fiona Apple is not only Pitchfork’s most talked-about artist of 2012, but overall as well.
For anyone who knows anything about Fiona Apple, this is rather ironic. Since the release of The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do (title only second in length to the incredible When the Pawn… which I will avoid typing out here for fear of carpal tunnel, but which you can watch Fiona recite here) there have been endless reviews, interviews, and news stories posted on the Internet about it and her. I am pretty sure that I have gotten to them all by now (the one that made me most jealous of a journalist is here- who doesn’t want to get high with Fiona Apple?- and I’ve shared most of the others at the bottom of this post). They were all interesting, heartfelt and eye-opening in ways that not many artists could be these days.
This has a lot to do with her disconnect from the Internet in general (Fiona no longer uses a computer). When she wants you to know something, she talks about it at a show (post-arrest), or writes a letter that is then shared (see the heartbreaking letter about her dog Janet). She’s a very private person with a very public image, but she is certainly not shy. It’s clear she’s been grappling with this since “Criminal” and her emotional speech at the 1997 MTV Video Awards.
She’s a raw and uneasy, yet impassioned musician who can at times seem in total control and other times the complete opposite. This comes through in her music, which I (and obviously many others) are consistently in awe of. And it’s in this way that she remains so human and relatable, and is able stir up real emotions in our Internet-addicted, attention-span devoid selves.
Below is the only official video from The Idler Wheel, a creature-filled take on album opener “Every Single Night.”
Get your doctor-recommended (I am a doctor) fill of Apple:
The NY Times Interview
Pitchfork interview here and their outtakes here.
Audio from the NPR All Things Considered interview.
Interview Magazine (this one has some great pictures)
Spin Magazine Profile: Fiona Apple
AND MAKE SURE YOU CHECK OUT WHO ELSE WAS MOST-TALKED ABOUT BY THE LIKES OF PITCHFORK, BROOKLYN VEGAN, STEREOGUM, CONSEQUENCE OF SOUND, AND MORE RIGHT HERE (Some might just surprise you!) http://www.mysocialist.com/best/artists