March 9, 2012 at 10:12 pm #380008
Apparently, her album is set for a June release. Though it hasn’t been confirmed. What has been confirmed is the album’s title:
The Idler Wheel is wiser than the Driver of the Screw, and Whipping Cords will serve you more than Ropes will ever do.
My translation of this gloopy poetry: I’m about making the music I want to make when I feel like making it, so fuck you Sony.March 10, 2012 at 2:36 am #380010
Finally! I NEED new Fiona, it’s been too long. though her albums never get old or boring. I can listen to Extraordinary Machine and When the Pawn 24/7, sheer amazingness. Her lyrics get me everytime.
But it’s dangerous work
Trying to get to you too
And I think if I didn’t have to
Kill, kill, kill, kill, kill, kill myself doing it
Maybe I wouldn’t
Think so much of you
I don’t understand
I’ll never understand
But I’ll try to understand
There’s nothing else I can do
btw, I also love the Jon Brion version of Red Red Red
Her wars with Sony are ridiculous. She should honestly consider self-releasing for the future.March 11, 2012 at 4:46 pm #380011
Love herMarch 12, 2012 at 8:27 pm #380012
OMG, Can’t wait!!March 15, 2012 at 8:51 am #380014
I love it! I can’t wait to hear the recorded version of it. the production already sounds great on this crappy phone video.March 15, 2012 at 9:20 am #380015
It’s impossible to judge based on the sonically grainy first public performance of these songs. I definitely prefer “Anything We Want” over “Every Single Night”. Apparently, “Valentine” was the highlight of new songs, but that performance is no where to be found. I just hope she keeps challenging herself and that she never reverts back to the Tidal sound.March 15, 2012 at 9:49 am #380016
I do like the Tidal sound, but you’re right, there’s no need for more of it.March 16, 2012 at 8:32 am #380017
Based on these two songs alone it sounds like she’s going for a stripped down Extradinary Machine: self-reflecting cabaret but minus the instrumental bravado. I didn’t hear the anger of When the Pawn… orn the mopey self-pitying of Tidal. However, both songs seem to have slim, almost non-existent choruses. EM was filled with grand hooks. Minute choruses is more of a When the Pawn… thing.
“Every Single Night” has grown on me, espeically when I found a better quality video.
March 18, 2012 at 2:28 am #380018
I would say any similarity to When the Pawn… or EM is unintended. Fiona is not the artist to go back over 10 years to recycle a sound that once worked. The new songs sound sweeter than her previous records. No big quirkyness and Every SIngle Night” even seems to suppress anger.
Do we actually know who produced the album? Did she work with Jon Brion again? The piano on “Valentine” sounds very much like him.March 18, 2012 at 9:47 am #380019
Obviously, I wasn’t accusing Fiona of ripping herself off. I was just trying to figure out what this album might sound like, and based on these two songs it seems like she’s sticking with the self-reflecting riddles EM but stripping it down and sweetening it up, which I think is the smartest route to go. I’m not sure what the intentions are since I’m not in her head, but that’s what I hear.
Charles Drayton has produced this album. He was Fiona’s drummer throughout her EM tour.March 29, 2012 at 1:35 pm #380020
It’s good to see Fiona acknowledge her “sad gays” fanbase”. We make up more than a solid amount of her supporters.March 29, 2012 at 3:21 pm #380021
Often it just feels like she’s babbling out her unorganized thoughts, but infact she’s bringing it to the point and making a very elaborate, quite beautiful statement. I find that way of expressing oneself very relatable.
btw, I fell in love with Valentine. Just beautiful.
I made it to a dinner date
My teardrops seasoned every plateMarch 31, 2012 at 12:00 pm #380022
I never like when a songwriter uses the word “teardrop”, however, I am going hard for “Valentine”. I just hope it’s the only piano ballad on this album.April 2, 2012 at 5:34 am #380023
As long as it won’t be a full-on ballad and features mid-tempo elements like Valentine, I could take another one.
One thing I don’t like about Valentine is this line
I’m amorous and out of reach
A still life drawing of a peach.
I understand the still life metaphor, but that’s just a very cheap rhyme isn’t it? She can do better than that.