Now Ms Apple was a massive part of my teenage years. I lived and breathed “When the Pawn”. I feel that most, if not all teenagers need to be given that album – as well as a few others like Pixies “Doolittle”, Sonic Youth “Goo” and Nas “Illmatic”. Anyway, Fiona Apple is one of those artists who believes in quality over quantity and that’s why in her 16 year career she has only released 3 albums – albeit three incredible records of wordy, personal songs that seems to transcend gender and reduces us to wallowing, weeping children.
It seemed that maybe Fiona was done with music, as she has said several times that if she has nothing to write about why is she going to interrupt her life to go and sit at the piano and wait for something. Plus, she hasn’t released anything since her 2005 comeback record, the controversial “Extraordinary Machine” which was a welcome return to form.
And just when we thought she may never release anything again, Apple was booked to play the prestigious music showcase SXSW in Austin, Texas, which marked Fiona’s first performance outside of Los Angeles in almost half a decade.
Some have lauded her performance as perfection and a return to form wowing the audience with classic Apple material such as the fan favourites “Fast as You Can” and “Paper Bag” as well as showcasing new material from her upcoming album “The Idler Wheel is wiser than the Driver of the Screw, and Whipping Cords will serve you more than Ropes will ever do” another poem-titled album this time though, it’s a little shorter but catchier. A long wait but a welcomed return for Ms Apple. I for one am ridiculously excited, hopefully she’ll tour in the UK – it will make my life.
The Idler Wheel…