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Fiona Apple talks new album status & whether she plans to tour

Ohana Festival 2017 - Saturday
Fiona Apple at Ohana Fest in 2017 (more by Samantha Saturday)

Fiona Apple gave her first interview in a very long time back in September, where she gave an update on her long-anticipated follow-up to 2012’s incredible The Idler Wheel…. “I’m hoping for early 2020. I think,” she said at the time, and now she’s given another update to Vulture about its status:

Vulture: How have you been since we last talked?
Fiona Apple: When it comes to the end of an album, it’s always a strange feeling. 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.

V: How close are you to being done?
FA: It’s really up to me. It’ll be done soon. It’s just I have to do artwork and stuff, and I’ve been dragging my feet a little bit. I don’t know. Sometime in a few months, I guess.

Fiona also talked a little about whether she plans to tour behind the album:

I want to and I don’t want to. [Laughs.] It’s so scary for me, all that stuff. 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.

V: What specifically about touring makes you nervous?
FA: 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 onstage, because it’s like, I don’t do that! I just have to ease into that other job again.

Fingers crossed that she returns to the stage before too long!

You can read the whole interview, where Fiona also discusses Jennifer Lopez, Justin Bieber, her donation to immigration charity While They Wait, and more, here.

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