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April 23, 2012 8:18 AM   Subscribe

Remember Fiona Apple? Criminal? Sleep To Dream? Infamous MTV Music Awards speech? Well, she's back with a new song, the lead-off single from her first album in seven years: Every Single Night.
posted by hippybear (63 comments total) 36 users marked this as a favorite

 
This makes me extremely happy. I've loved her prior releases and thought Extraordinary Machine didn't get the attention it deserved.

Can't wait to get this one.
posted by custardfairy at 8:23 AM on April 23, 2012 [1 favorite]


Take that, Regina Spektor.
posted by timshel at 8:26 AM on April 23, 2012 [3 favorites]


her first album in seven years:

Heh, I was about to mention Extraordinary Machine but yeah that was actually 7 years ago.
posted by delmoi at 8:28 AM on April 23, 2012 [2 favorites]


Hooray! This is great news.
posted by pemberkins at 8:33 AM on April 23, 2012


Criminal is a great song, but that music video is so depressing.
posted by demiurge at 8:33 AM on April 23, 2012 [2 favorites]


Take that, Regina Spektor.

You just made an enemy.
posted by Fizz at 8:33 AM on April 23, 2012 [5 favorites]


So excited for the album, this song sounds great! I had always sort of assumed Extraordinary Machine would be her last, so I was super excited last year when I started hearing rumblings of a new one. Bought tickets on Friday for her July show in Toronto, they were kind of pricy but given the length between albums it could easily be 10 years before she comes back.

Also, if you've never heard them, most of the tracks on EM leaked long before the album came out, and those unreleased versions are gold. Here's Better Version of Me to get you started.
posted by yellowbinder at 8:33 AM on April 23, 2012 [2 favorites]


"When The Pawn..." is still phenomenal from beginning to end, and stands in my eyes as one of the best breakup albums of all time. I remember being so frustrated with people back in her heyday who didn't think she was strong or intelligent enough to pull together an enduring career, Fiona's made of weirder and steelier stuff than that.
posted by hermitosis at 8:36 AM on April 23, 2012 [8 favorites]


Very weird, I was randomly singing Paperbag to myself on the tube this morning. I love Fiona Apple, such a great lyricist. I have a lot of fond memories moodily and lustily singing along with Tidal and When the Pawn.

Hunger hurts, but I want him so bad, oh it kills
'Cause I know I'm a mess he don't wanna clean up
I got to fold 'cause these hands are too shaky to hold
Hunger hurts, but starving works, when it costs too much to love

posted by like_neon at 8:41 AM on April 23, 2012 [1 favorite]


PS, this new song gave me the serious creeps. She has a really impressive emotional range within just this one song, can't wait for the rest.
posted by hermitosis at 8:42 AM on April 23, 2012


Not bad. Love the out there title again. The Idler Wheel is wiser than the Driver of the Screw, and Whipping Cords will serve you more than Ropes will ever do.

1. "Every Single Night"
2. "Daredevil"
3. "Valentine"
4. "Jonathan"
5. "Left Alone"
6. "Werewolf"
7. "Periphery"
8. "Regret"
9. "Anything We Want"
10. "Hot Knife"
posted by cashman at 8:43 AM on April 23, 2012 [1 favorite]


Yeah, I preferred the leaked versions of Extrodinary Machine, but the released album is still better than none at all. Here's hoping NPR does an "Early Listen" with this!
posted by maryr at 8:48 AM on April 23, 2012 [1 favorite]


Sweet and haunting. I've missed her music without even realising it.
posted by sundaydriver at 8:49 AM on April 23, 2012 [2 favorites]


Oh yessss for like the longest time I just had Fiona Apple has "Jonathan Ames' girlfriend at one point" and then NPR started putting her with the big jazzy moody numbers and I went holy shit who the hell is this and I checked out Extraordinary Machine and was WON. OVER.
posted by The Whelk at 8:50 AM on April 23, 2012


Oh, fuck yeah! I've been a huge fan since hearing "Tidal" in a record store when it had just come out and asking "Who is this?!" Can't believe it's been 7 years since "Extraordinary Machine", which is almost as long as it was for EM to come out after "When the Pawn...". I love her music and lyrics- she's one of the only songwriters whose lyrics I even hear or remember- but damn, she's like the George R.R. Martin of musicians.
posted by hincandenza at 8:57 AM on April 23, 2012 [4 favorites]


I'm really liking this. I always forget that I like her when her music doesn't shuffle up for a while.

Missed her at SXSW because the big showcase she was in ended up as badge-only; everybody wanted to see her. Apparently she was phenomenal, so those of you who see her on tour, enjoy!
posted by immlass at 9:07 AM on April 23, 2012


I love, love, love Fiona Apple. And I love this song. Can't wait to hear The Idler Wheel in its entirety.

yellowbinder: The leaked version of Extraordinary Machine was what cemented my love of her music. Particularly "Oh Sailor." The officially-released version of the album isn't bad by any means, but I'm definitely of the opinion that it pales in comparison to the leak.
posted by kryptondog at 9:11 AM on April 23, 2012 [2 favorites]


I enjoy Fiona Apple so much more than the cookie cutter "female singers" of the alternative bent that have shown up; simply because she has a sound that isn't so much a dime a dozen good singers; but memorable and interesting.

Thanks for this; I could not figure out which Fiona Apple video it was that I had seen that one while i was standing in Rogers Video. turns out it was Sleep to Dream.
posted by NiteMayr at 9:13 AM on April 23, 2012


Eeeww, didn't listen to the single before I posted....

Eeewww.
posted by NiteMayr at 9:15 AM on April 23, 2012


i love fiona apple. i love how, on tour, as a way to share her frustration with her label, she has said "I can't remember any of my new songs because they've been done for a fucking year."

i can't wait to hear the whole record.
posted by rude.boy at 9:15 AM on April 23, 2012


Nice try, Chairman and CEO of Sony Music Entertainment Doug Morris.
posted by tapesonthefloor at 9:19 AM on April 23, 2012


I don't have all pleasant memories of Fiona Apple. Her music conjures up some old memories of a lovely young woman who was a Fiona fanatic I dated in college until she got all "cutty" and things took a turn for the worse. The new stuff isn't helping that much.
posted by The 10th Regiment of Foot at 9:22 AM on April 23, 2012


Eeeww, didn't listen to the single before I posted....

Eeewww.


My husband, the music-phile, believes that any song you like right away is shit and it's the ones that you don't that deserve a second, third, and twentieth listen. I mean, they might still be shit but genius songs should challenge you.

Not that I'm passing judgement on your opinion on this song, I have to admit my first reaction is: "Woah... what is going on... what... huh... ???" and then look for Extraordinary Machine on my ipod.
posted by like_neon at 9:25 AM on April 23, 2012 [1 favorite]


This seems like a good place to stick this cover she did with Elvis Costello's "I Want You" that I found the other day while answering an ask me. I'd still give the laurel to the man himself, but it's a close one.
posted by Diablevert at 9:30 AM on April 23, 2012 [1 favorite]


Seven years on and EM still gets regular rotation in the Creature household. So glad to see her producing new stuff again.

timshel: is there like some Spektor-Apple rivalry I'm not aware of? I think there's enough room in this world to have both of these talented artists on our playlists. (FWIW I consider Spektor's Soviet Kitsch the current zenith of her career).
posted by Doleful Creature at 9:31 AM on April 23, 2012


Record companies still make albums?
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 9:43 AM on April 23, 2012


My husband, the music-phile, believes that any song you like right away is shit and it's the ones that you don't that deserve a second, third, and twentieth listen.

Hmm. I think your husband is wrong.
posted by cashman at 9:44 AM on April 23, 2012 [5 favorites]


Record companies still make albums?

Not only that, this is the same record company that she went through all the troubles with.
posted by smackfu at 9:45 AM on April 23, 2012


Extraordinary Machine but yeah that was actually 7 years ago.

Fuck, I feel old.
posted by bonehead at 9:48 AM on April 23, 2012 [1 favorite]


Between this and Ben Folds Five putting out a new album this year, it's like my sophomore year of high school again AND I'M LOVING IT.
posted by whitneyarner at 9:49 AM on April 23, 2012 [10 favorites]


Not only that, this is the same record company that she went through all the troubles with.

This is the same record company giving us *all* the fucking troubles.
posted by tapesonthefloor at 9:59 AM on April 23, 2012


I still haven't forgiven Apple for her aggressively mediocre cover of "Across the Universe" that marred the Pleasantville soundtrack.
posted by Faint of Butt at 10:06 AM on April 23, 2012


Good video tho. (directed by then boyfriend P.T Anderson!)
posted by The Whelk at 10:17 AM on April 23, 2012


Squee.
posted by device55 at 10:47 AM on April 23, 2012


I enjoy Fiona Apple so much more than the cookie cutter "female singers" of the alternative bent that have shown up; simply because she has a sound that isn't so much a dime a dozen good singers; but memorable and interesting.

I was struck listening to it how much of the past 7 years of the 'female singers" you refer to have been directly derivative of Fiona Apple, and how she sort of seems to play into the "new moody indie sound." Whatever that is. She still does it better because that's just how she sings, but I hope she can manage to surface in the ball pit of pitchy cloyingness.
posted by cmoj at 10:49 AM on April 23, 2012


she sounds like feist here :/
posted by timsneezed at 11:14 AM on April 23, 2012


Squee indeed! I always think that I know from When the Pawn...etc is one of the most underrated, gorgeous, bittersweet, love-sorta-broken-heated-angry-lovesick songs ever.

I can't wait to hear this new record.
posted by generichuman at 11:19 AM on April 23, 2012


I still haven't forgiven Apple for her aggressively mediocre cover of "Across the Universe" that marred the Pleasantville soundtrack.

Pah. Hers is better than the Beatles version.
posted by blue t-shirt at 11:37 AM on April 23, 2012 [2 favorites]


HOORAY! I am so excited by this, and I love the new single.

Fiona Apple is one of the most intense people I've ever seen live. She seriously screams the entire time, putting the mic to her mouth to sing, and then during the breaks she just continues to go ape shit, screaming and yelling and freaking out with the mic down.

It would be scary if it weren't so awesome.
posted by Lutoslawski at 11:44 AM on April 23, 2012


I still haven't forgiven Apple for her aggressively mediocre cover of "Across the Universe" that marred the Pleasantville soundtrack.

Pah. Hers is better than the Beatles version.
posted by blue t-shirt at 2:37 PM on April 23 [+] [!]


See previous comment
posted by Fizz at 12:02 PM on April 23, 2012


Remember Fiona Apple?
Can't say I do. Friend of Gilbert Grape? Erstwhile bedfellow of Lemony Snickett? Shagbuddy of Mr Roger Banana?? Something slightly rude like that perhaps, but more spectacular?? No...no....oh well.......just a guess....
posted by gallus at 12:15 PM on April 23, 2012 [1 favorite]


Fiona Apple.

Crazy. Really, institutionally crazy. Not well.

And genius.

Not a rare combination.

So glad she hasn't burnt out on hard stuff and slid on the broken shards, yet.

More Alanis-path, less Janis-path, dear. We need more living genii.
posted by IAmBroom at 12:18 PM on April 23, 2012


I liked Fiona more when she had a beard (alt.link, should YouTube be a jerk to you, and MetaCafe be more kind).
posted by filthy light thief at 12:28 PM on April 23, 2012 [1 favorite]


I always loved her interview with Craig Ferguson
posted by the_artificer at 12:32 PM on April 23, 2012 [3 favorites]


Rolling Stone had a ditty on her recently.
posted by quonsar II: smock fishpants and the temple of foon at 12:37 PM on April 23, 2012


I like the energy of this song, all balled up and ready to explode but it never does.
posted by speicus at 12:42 PM on April 23, 2012


I always loved her interview with Craig Ferguson

I've always loved Fiona Apple, but never saw her in an interview context. That was so charming!
posted by ukdanae at 12:50 PM on April 23, 2012


when she had a beard

Such genius that - doubly, I guess.

I've been stuck on Fiona Apple ever since a post-prod operator in London put on her CD at 3 in the morning and said: listen to this, it came out yesterday - I think she's going to be famous.
posted by progosk at 1:36 PM on April 23, 2012


Love. Love. Love "When the pawn..."

When she first started to get radio play, I had sort of dismissed her based on the Tidal singles and videos. No idea why, now that I think about it. "Shadowboxer" was a hell of a track and so was "Never is a Promise." Maybe I was creeped out by the "Criminal" video?

Whatever my opinion at the time, it took being knocked out by "Love Ridden" from "When the pawn..." in a record store to realize just how goddamned great she is.
posted by eyeballkid at 2:04 PM on April 23, 2012


Pah. Hers is better than the Beatles version.

As much as I love The Beatles, I have to agree with this. It's actually one of the few Beatles covers I've heard that I don't despise.
posted by kryptondog at 2:58 PM on April 23, 2012


Also: her cover of Sally's Song is by far the best thing on the Nightmare Before Christmas bonus disc.
posted by We had a deal, Kyle at 3:23 PM on April 23, 2012


Heres another good interview
posted by Lanark at 3:40 PM on April 23, 2012


I, like eyeballkid, dismissed Apple after "Criminal" for a variety of reasons, not the least of which was that my then-girlfriend despised her. I didn't really get into her until about a year or so ago when I was writing about her music for this "write about every song in my music library" project I've been pecking away at for year. I purchased Extraordinary Machine when it came out and gave it a few passing listens, but didn't really pay much attention to it. I figured people were nuts about When The Pawn..., so I downloaded that too. Spent about two weeks listening to both albums leading up to writing about them.

Damn, they are good. Both of them, but especially Pawn (though the worst I can say about Machine is that its no Pawn). Again like eyeballkid, it took having the wind knocked out of me/heart torn out of me by "Love Ridden" to realize that Apple is an extraordinary performer. That song captures the sad pain of every break-up ever. And then along comes "Get Gone" with its powerful "fucking go" section that just gives me chills.

Someday, I'll go back and listen to her first album all the way through a few dozen times. In the meantime, I'm going to savor this new track.

she sounds like feist here :/

I think the correct analysis is "Feist sounds like Fiona Apple."
posted by Joey Michaels at 4:07 PM on April 23, 2012


MetaFilter: More Alanis-path, less Janis-path
posted by wallabear at 6:20 PM on April 23, 2012


Fiona Apple & Quentin Tarantino interview each other. And it sounds like she's already done heavy work on figuring out the demons that were hovering in her head, back then. Yay!
posted by IAmBroom at 6:44 PM on April 23, 2012


And once again my heart stops. She amazes.
posted by meinvt at 7:22 PM on April 23, 2012 [1 favorite]


OMG OMG OMG Johnny Cash and Fiona Apple Sing "Bridge Over Troubled Water".

Is this for real???
posted by IAmBroom at 7:29 PM on April 23, 2012


Yes, according to wiki: "Apple sang with Johnny Cash on a cover of Simon & Garfunkel's "Bridge over Troubled Water" that ended up on his album American IV: The Man Comes Around ."

Thanks for the Apple and Tarantino clips, they're great.
posted by Harpocrates at 7:46 PM on April 23, 2012


Is this for real???

Yes.
Apple sang with Johnny Cash on a cover of Simon & Garfunkel's "Bridge over Troubled Water" that ended up on his album American IV: The Man Comes Around and was nominated for a Grammy Award for "Best Country Collaboration with Vocals". She also collaborated with Cash on Cat Stevens's "Father and Son", which was included in his 2003 collection Unearthed. -Wikipedia
posted by hippybear at 7:47 PM on April 23, 2012 [1 favorite]


That link for Apple/Tarantino is part 3 of a multiple part interview. Part 1 2 3 4 5

I really liked the first season of Iconoclasts. The series soon degenerated to stunt pairings and non-interesting personalities, but that first season was awesome.
posted by hippybear at 7:52 PM on April 23, 2012


have always liked her and am glad to find this thread not so full of haters and hate. looking forward to hearing more of this new release.
posted by RockyChrysler at 8:57 PM on April 23, 2012


June 19th? You mean all of a sudden we get to have this record really soon? I love when that happens.

The opening of "Extraordinary Machine" is still my favorite music to sneak out of prison to.
posted by greenland at 9:18 PM on April 23, 2012 [3 favorites]


My husband, the music-phile, believes that any song you like right away is shit and it's the ones that you don't that deserve a second, third, and twentieth listen.

Hmm. I think your husband is wrong.


LOL, me too!
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