July 24, 2013

Fiona Apple - "Hot Knife (Dir. Paul Thomas Anderson)

At the time of its release "Hot Knife," the closing track from The Idler Wheel (my favourite album of 2012), was an unexpected move, a brilliant way to end an already brilliant album. It's a catchy, upbeat, R&B-infused, almost-accapella battle between Fiona Apple and her ego. More surprising, however, is her new video and its acclaimed director, her ex-partner, Paul Thomas Anderson, who directed several of her best videos back in the early 2000s. The result is restrained, but just about as conflicted as you'd want it to be.

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