For whatever reason, singer/songwriter Fiona Apple has been fairly elusive during the past several years, rarely performing live (and then only around L.A.). Perhaps that’s why there’s so much buzz surrounding her upcoming release The Idler Wheel…, due to drop June 26—and why her recent live appearance at SXSW (during which she played three songs from the album) apparently drew the attention of the entire music community.
The new album’s full title is 23 words long: The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than The Driver Of The Screw, And Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do. For those who are keeping score, this unusual title is not so unusual for Fiona Apple, and is in fact a bit short. Her second album’s full title was 90 words long, and held the Guinness World Record for longest album title until Soulwax beat the record by 100 characters with their remixes album in 2007. (Just something to give you an edge for your next trivia match.)
Anyhow, The Idler Wheel… is ten tracks in length (see below), and its release will be accompanied by a brief tour in June, covering 8 cities total. Considering the fact that so many bands and artists much “bigger” than Fiona feel the need to launch huge tours to push their records, it says something that Fiona Apple can generate this much buzz with this little effort. I, for one, can’t wait to hear more from her.
TRACK LISTING FOR The Idler Wheel…
“Every Single Night”
“Anything We Want”