Listen Now: Fiona Apple’s “The Idler Wheel”

Fiona Apple fans have been impatiently waiting the better part of a decade for new music from the songstress, and after countless problems with her record label (the album has been complete since 2010 but was mysteriously not released), Apple’s The Idler Wheel (full title: The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do) is finally here.

Officially set to release on June 19, you can listen to it in its entirety on NPR right now.

Apple has cultivated a loyal and dedicated fan base through the years, and she’s rewarded them with an album full of moody, atmospheric songs of yearning and anger, whimsical and stark. Seven years in the making, The Idler Wheel was worth the wait. Current favorites are “Revenge” and “Jonathan” but it’s clear this is an album that will grow on you, to the point of obsession.


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