Fiona Apple has released Fetch the Bolt Cutters, her first album in eight years, and it’s an artistic masterpiece of beautiful, heart-wrenching and often hilarious stories.
The 13-track album is just as out-of-the-ordinary as it is an ode to everyday life — it successfully combines various sounds, including various instrumentals, whispers, screams, handclaps, chants and even dogs barking.
Each track is a journey unlike the other. The title track explores the intricacies of girlhood, including not getting along with the “cool kids,” losing friends and the power of Kate Bush songs. On “Relay,” Apple asserts her disdain towards an ex with lyrics like, “I resent you for presenting your life like a fucking propaganda brochure.” The tongue-in-cheek, anti-jealousy track “Ladies” is a comedic track that celebrates an ex’s new girlfriend. The repetition of “Ladies, ladies, ladies, ladies,” is yet another unique approach Apple takes to elevating her music.
Check out Fetch the Bolt Cutters below.