My scars were reflecting the mist in your headlights
I looked like a neon zebra shaking rain off her stripes
And the rivulets had you riveted to the places that I wanted you to
Kiss me when we find some time alone
—From “Anything We Want” by Fiona Apple
Drivers, screws and whipping cords are all involved in the 23-word title of Fiona Apple’s latest record. Apparently Apple had been reading her beau’s book on sailing and some children’s books about how machines work. And when on deadline, this couplet came to her: “The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do.” The 34-year-old’s long-awaited fourth disc is more stripped down than past efforts, allowing her voice to take center stage along with her piano and keys, co-producer Charley Drayton’s drums, and some well-placed sounds that they recorded- like children at play, scissors hitting objects on her desk, and pebbles going down a garbage chute.
Aside from musical experimentation, the eccentric songstress continues to write about past relationships- e.g. the bittersweet “Valentine,” and “Jonathan,” named for her recent ex, writer Jonathan Ames. But Apple is also uncharacteristically upbeat on “Anything We Want” about a childhood love, and on “Every Single Night” she admits to wanting to feel everything, “but every single night’s a fight with [her] brain.” Struggling with OCD didn’t seem to put a damper on Apple’s creativity– it may even have heightened it.
So head to Randall’s Island on Sunday, June 24th for the Governors Ball Music Fest to see Fiona’s first NYC show in 7 years. Also on the bill: Beck, Explosions in the Sky and Devendra Banhart, among others.
For more info: http://governorsballmusicfestival.com/ and http://www.fiona-apple.com/home/