words and photos by Caroline Harrison
Fiona Apple @ T5, 10/17/2012
Fiona Apple played the second of two shows at Terminal 5 last night (10/17). Guitar phenom Blake Mills, a member of Apple's band for the tour, was also the opener. Fiona Apple is touring in support of her most recent album, The Idler Wheel..., her first in seven years.
I would be remiss to talk about Blake Mills without mentioning his impressive credentials. At only 25, Mills has already worked as a session and touring musicians for the likes of Lucinda Williams, Conor Oberst, Andrew Bird, and Jackson Browne. Mills played with a casual grace that displayed his technical mastery of the guitar. He closed with a cover of the instrumental song "Sleep Walk" by Santo & Johnny, as featured in the 1987 movie La Bamba.
Fiona Apple opened with "Fast As You Can," making it clear to the audience that she was not about to hold anything back. Her backing band, including Mills and former Soul Coughing bassist Sebastian Steinberg, matched every ounce of her intensity. Their arrangement of "Sleep To Dream" relieed heavily on distorted guitars, amplifying the sinister bite of the tune. Of course, the highlight of every song was Apple's vocal acrobatics as she leapt from snarling, sultry contralto to fragile whispery soprano. Apple closed with a cover she's performed on a number of her tour dates, a classic Conway Twitty tune called, "It's Only Make Believe." There was no encore, but after the performance she gave, no one seemed to mind.
Fiona Apple heads up to Albany on Friday (10/19) for her last show in New York state. She then heads to Atlantic City before finishing the tour in Pittsburgh on Sunday (10/21).
More pictures from last night's T5 show and the full set list are below.
Set List: Fiona Apple @ Terminal 5, 10/17/2012
Fast As You Can
On the Bound
Anything We Want
Sleep To Dream
Tymps (the Sick In the Head Song)
Not About Love
It's Only Make Believe (Conway Twitty cover, famously performed by Glen Campbell)