Fiona Apple has unleashed, Fetch the Bolt Cutters, her fifth studio album and Apple’s first release in eight years since 2012 effort The Idler Wheel.
While working on numerous collaborations since 2012, Apple has been holding back new material up until this point. After teasing the release of a new record last year, nothing materialised and the release date was delayed. Now though, it has finally arrived.
“When it comes to the end of an album, it’s always a strange feeling,” she said previously. “I’m happy with it, but I don’t know — everything that comes with when you put it out makes me want to step on the breaks. But I’m good.”
Despite being happy with her new artistic creation, Apple is unsure if she will tour the record. “It’s so scary for me, all that stuff,” she added in the interview. “I’m pushing it out of my mind. In the next two weeks, I have to have a meeting with the band about what our plans are and what’s going to work. They’re all in other bands, so they have other schedules.”
Asked to detail her apprehension around touring, she continued: “It’s basically that I have this general aversion to doing anything social. And it’s always a big deal because it’s such a long time between and I don’t play music for all of these years. It’s only a couple years at the end [of a stretch]. For the rest of the time, I don’t play my piano for years. I forget how to play everything. I forget that I’m a musician, really, and then I have to learn again. It feels kinda weird to be like, I’m gonna get on stage, because it’s like, I don’t do that! I just have to ease into that other job again.”
For now though, stream the album, below.