Critics have been raving about Fiona Apple‘s recent performances at South by Southwest and in a few select East Coast cities, amping up the anticipation for her long-awaited fourth album. Now, finally, those of us who weren’t able to score tickets to any of her sold-out shows get our first taste of The Idler Wheel. “Every Single Night”, the first new song Apple has released in seven years, hit the Web today. It’s a surprisingly understated choice for a first single, especially from such a highly anticipated release. Apple’s powerful voice croons over a delicate, jazzy melody, shifting into a kind of Native American-sounding refrain. It’s a distant cousin to her chart-topping “Criminal,” but “Night” is a brilliant example of Apple’s quirky songwriting virtuosity, just the kind of thing we’ve come to expect of her over the last 16 years.
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