Today we step away from the bootleg performances from SXSW and the first leg of her mini-tour to hear the first finished, studio version of “Every Single Night,” the debut single off Fiona Apple’s highly anticipated fourth album The Idler Wheel…
Uploaded as a lone song on an official Soundcloud page, the quiet track holds par with the emotional impact and untouchable songwriting skill the world has come to non-disputably appreciate from Apple. A poetic piece clocking in at three minutes and thirty-three seconds carries the torch of self-awareness, the psychological conflicts inside oneself, and the strength to preserver.
It’s song structure leans a line beginning with sparse, delicate atmosphere and triumphant hollers that mirror the euphoric amount of space shown through newcomers Florence & The Machine’s works, but aiding more to the song’s creative ambition than leasing from contemporaries. “Every single night’s a fight with my brain” actually contains a bit of a frantic call to realization; a moment where the song takes a direction opposite than cemented expectations and into the psyche of the listener, presenting unnerving vocal calls that strike brashly harmonized chords both figuratively and literally.
Broken down after the chorus contains a post section that laments “I just want to feel everything,” repeated over slightly evolving melodic elements that are accented with minimalist, brushed percussion that creates a subtle foundation which stays constant through the entire song’s run.
The last note of the piano leads off into a long reverb that cuts off before a full fade out if you listen close enough. It’s abrupt, but imperfect and understandable considering it’s realism theme.
“Every Single Night” is part title track from 2005’s Extraordinary Machine, part new endeavor, and all a one hundred percent flawless establishment of continuation in regards to one of the greatest songwriters of our generation.
Track rating: 5/5
The Idler Wheel… by Fiona Apple has been pushed forward and is now due out June 29th, 2012. Click here for more details on the record including the album cover and track listing.