Fans of Fiona Apple were relieved last year when, after a seven year hiatus, she released The Idler Wheel. The album more than met expectations – a critically acclaimed example of her unparalleled musical poetics.
Things then went characteristically quiet again and it seemed that small but significant flourish may have been all Apple was up for offering. Thankfully she’s re-emerged again with a video for ‘Hot Knife’, the last track from the 2012 album.
The video is directed by long-time collaborator and ex-boyfriend, Paul Thomas Anderson. The man behind Boogie Nights, There Will Be Blood, Magnolia and The Master also directed four of her most iconic videos from When The Pawn. The pair split 13 years ago but remained friends. This is the first music video that Anderson has directed in 11 years.
Fiona Apple co-produced the video with Anderson and her sister also appears in it. The premise is simple in a sense, focusing on Apple’s performance and highlighting the multi-layered nature of the song with split screens and various camera angles.
It’s a winning collaboration and a perfect example of the singer’s performing prowess. We can only hope that she doesn’t go back into hiding.