It’s finally here, you guys! After seven long years of infuriating hold ups and record company SNAFUs, Fiona Apple‘s first album since 2005′s Extraordinary Machine has dropped. Poetically titled When the Idler Wheel is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Chords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do, this album comes as a breath of fresh air for anyone who wishes the pop landscape would return from fist-pumping and bottle service to jazzy and intelligent expressions of emotion. (No, Lana Del Rey doesn’t count.)
Fiona’s just dropped a video for lead single “Every Single Night,” and it fleshes out the song’s theme of “a fight with my brain” by way of lots of dreamy, hallucinatory imagery. In the Joseph Cahill directed clip, she wears an octopus on her head, sings to a giant snail, dances on marionette strings, sleeps with a minotaur, and…oh, just go ahead and watch it.
Anyone who knows Fiona best from her drunkenly sincere “this world is bullshit!” moment at the 1997 VMAs might be surprised at this display of silliness, but a closer examination of her body of works reveals that she’s always had a wry sense of humor, whether expressed through bitter irony or fantastical imagery. Sure, she can be embarrassingly (or is it endearingly?) earnest, but she’s also, well, funny. (See also: the video she did with Zach Galifiniakis.) Fiona attacks the ugly side of life with everything in her arsenal, from histrionics to humor, and that’s just one of the many things that makes her great.