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!