Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The Apple Doesn't Fall Far

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I'm having a tough time this week - realizing it's a) the beginning of the week and b) the week is already buried under a humid haze that every so often turns into breezy rain or wet snow. Completely unnecessary, considering nearly a month ago we were in shorts and t-shirts, sipping spicy caesars on patios in the hot noon sun. To begin the week with the end-of-weekend blues is already painful enough - but slap on the fact that you have to dash from shelter to shelter holding your hood in place, and things become just that much more depressing.

So, as I stared out the window blankly, I decided to chin up, sit back down and plug in a sort of new (it's apparently been a staple in her live set list during her hiatus from recording new material) ditty that absolutely has a bit of a gloomy - but quirky and nice - feel to it.

If anyone remembers Fiona Apple, the firecracker oddity who waltzed onto the scene nearly a decade ago with her eerie hit "Criminal" and a moving cover of "Across The Universe" - you may or may not be intrigued to hear she's back and ready to lay down some new groundwork. Considering she was fairly quirky when she emerged in the late 90s, this new track "Every Single Night" certainly follows suit with it's pots-and-pans rhythm, ghostly music box keys and rambling storytelling. But the chorus - which punctuates Apple's artistic babbling with herself - is probably my favourite part of the song, introducing a neat chant that ropes in before retreating back to a dark sort of ballroom sway. "I just want to be everything", the recurring plea that shakes from Apple's mature pipes alongside the dinging piano, is a sound and sentiment that's exactly as I remember her. In the end, I'll admit that when I first heard this I was a bit puzzled and not convinced, but as the grey clouds wandered through the sky and this repeated from within my headphones, I actually started to believe Fiona is on to something this time around. Like a page taken from the Yellow Submarine book, with little jot notes from Tori Amos and Regina Spektor - we've certainly got some new, and pleasantly weird, Fiona.

I think I'll listen again. What do you think?

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One thing that Fiona could work on, however, is coming up with longer album names. I wish her new release, "Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than The Driver Of The Screw, And Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do" was weirder, with more words. Oh well. Look for it in stores in June.

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