In House #1732: Fiona Apple in Salt Lake City; New Tanya Donnelly, Bert Jansch
When Fiona Apple emerged with Tidal back in the mid-1990's, she immediately impressed many with a voice and style belying her teenage years. While the jazz-tinged playing and husky singing were a far cry from anything her similarly aged peers were doing, her writing and by now well-known stage fits and breakdowns were the trademarks of a still unmatured artist. Ten years on, Apple has clearly come into her own, her writing having become experienced (if still bitter), metaphor-filled takes on the crimes of love and relationships. Musically, her compositions are as sophisticated as anything around, even on the slightly dumbed down version of last year's Extraordinary Machine that was finally released, with Mike Elizondo's production work far more subdued and mainstream than its original and adventurous Jon Brion tweaked doppelganger. Word is she's also cut down on the stage tantrums. Apple appears at the University of Utah's Jon M. Hunstman Center in Salt Lake City tonight, during the same week that also saw the re-release of the soundtrack to Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas, which feature's Apple's version of the Danny Elfman-penned "Sally's Song."
In House #1732.
Focus: Fiona Apple in Salt Lake City tonight, plus new music from Bert Jansch, Tanya Donnelly, Erin McKeown, and more.
Fiona Apple, from Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas:
"Sally's Song" (MP3)
In House PODCAST #195