Seven years without a peep, and this is what we get, Fiona? Well played, you wonderfully spooky, tortured woman, you.
With two months left to go until the release of her forthcoming album "The Idler Wheel is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do" (June 19), Fiona Apple released the simple three-word-titled "Every Single Night," the first single from the anticipated album. Still the same painfully uncomfortable Fiona? Yes. Indicative of what's come? Probably. Worth the wait? Absolutely.
A music box opener and pitter patter of angsty but catchy lyrics quickly lead into a darker chant of the nightly torture Apple endures with herself: "Every single night's a fight with my brain." The inspringly vulnerable lyrics, Apple's rich and contrasting vocals, and the whimsical melodies constantly battle each other through the track, echoing Apple's strikingly honest struggle with self-imprisonment and longing for more: "I just want to feel everything."
Though seven years have passed, Apple hasn't changed. She's still as tormented and dissatisfied with her world as we suspected she was on 2005's "Extraordinary Machine," when she sung mostly of jilted loves and rebounds. If this single is any indication, Apple is about to really open the door to release whatever old skeletons she has left, exposing every bit of herself that has yet to be exposed.
And this is why we wait in anticipation for more Fiona. Fight-picking brain, and all.
Watch a video of Apple performing "Every Single Night" live at SXSW 2012.
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