Last week Fiona Apple revealed that she'd finally finished her long-awaited new album, and now she's shared its title. Speaking to The New Yorker, Fiona says it's called Fetch the Bolt Cutters, a reference to a scene in The Fall where Gillian Anderson's character "calls out the phrase after finding a locked door to a room where a girl has been tortured." The release date is still tba, but it's thirteen songs long, Fiona told The New Yorker, and one of the songs, "Newspaper," features a line of harmony from her sister Amber. Other new song titles include "On I Go," "The Drumset is Gone," "Rack of His," "Kick Me Under the Table," "Ladies," "For Her," "Heavy Balloon," "I Want You to Love Me," and "Shameka,"
More from The New Yorker:
Late one afternoon, Apple talked about the album’s themes. She said, of the title, “Really, what it’s about is not being afraid to speak.” Another major theme was women—specifically, her struggle to “not fall in love with the women who hate me.” She described these songs as acts of confrontation with her “shadow self,” exploring questions like “Why in the past have you been so socially blind to think that you could be friends with your ex-boyfriend’s new girlfriend by getting her a gift?” At the time, she thought that she was being generous; now she recognized the impulse as less benign, a way of “campaigning not to be ousted.”
Fiona also talked to The New Yorker about her relationship with Paul Thomas Anderson:
Anderson had a temper. After attending the 1998 Academy Awards, he threw a chair across a room. Apple remembers telling herself, “Fuck this, this is not a good relationship.” She took a cab to her dad’s house, but returned home the next day. In 2000, when she was getting treatment for O.C.D., her psychiatrist suggested that she do volunteer work with kids who had similar conditions. Apple was buoyant as Anderson drove her to an orientation at U.C.L.A.’s occupational-therapy ward, but he was fuming. He screeched up to the sidewalk, undid her seat belt, and shoved her out of his car; she fell to the ground, spilling her purse in front of some nurses she was going to be working with. At parties, he’d hiss harsh words in her ear, calling her a bad partner, while behaving sweetly on the surface; she’d tear up, which, she thinks, made her look unstable to strangers. (Anderson, through his agent, declined to comment.)
One of the women C.K. harassed was Rebecca Corry, a standup comedian who founded an advocacy organization for pit bulls, Stand Up for Pits. Apple began working with the group, and, once she got to know Corry, she started to see C.K. in a harsher light. The comedy that she’d admired for its honesty now looked “like a smoke screen,” she said. In a text, she told me that, if C.K. wasn’t capable of more severe self-scrutiny, “he’s useless.” She added, “I SHAKE when I have to think and write about myself. It’s scary to go there but I go there. He is so WEAK.”
Meanwhile, you may have heard Fiona sing the closing credits on the Halloween 2019 episode of Bob's Burgers, and you should also keep an ear out for her on the upcoming Apple TV+ show Central Park from Loren Bouchard and Nora Smith, the same duo that created Bob's Burgers. She told The New Yorker that she wrote "some numbers" for the series.
Read the whole profile here.