Saturday, July 21, 2012

New Fiona Apple - Wow

Fiona Apple's new album has an odd name (The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do, a.k.a. "Idler Wheel"). The music and lyrics are even odder. And the video for "Every Single Night" is perhaps oddest of all. Definitely hallucinatory stuff (see above).

But I can't stop listening to it. It has really grabbed me like very little of her previous work. It is powerful, strange, raw, intimate, and somehow very real feeling. Wow. Her songwriting blows me away. She writes some amazing and disturbing lyrics, with incredible imagery, and her piano playing and use of percussion can be almost hypnotic.


Craig H Collins said...

I "liked" (I say it in quotes because liking something that is depressing is depressing) Tidal and When the Pawn. But I haven't listened to them in years -- you just have to be in a certain mood. Is Fiona's latest another of the same?

FlyingSinger said...

I think this one is more raw than most of her earlier work, and it seems very real and oddly compelling to me. I've only really loved a few of Fiona's songs before now. But this whole album really grabs me somehow. That said, it is not what you would call pretty or happy music. But there is something very right about it. For me anyway. Not another of the same IMO.