There is no getting around it, Fiona Apple’s new video for “Every Single Night,” the first single from her forthcoming The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than The Driver Of The Screw, And Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do, is perplexingly strange. A bed of snails, close up footage of brains, and squids both large and small – they are all here, taking up prominent places in the video.
Reading Apple’s instructions to director Joseph Cahill doesn’t exactly explain the weirdness, but it does contextualize it. Although the snails were Apple’s idea, apparently most of the video was a surprise to the singer. In an interview she revealed telling Cahill, “just do things to me and put me in situations and surprise me.” “And then they brought in shit that I would not have asked for,” she explained.
The video for “Every Single Night” streams below via Sundance Channel, and The Idler Wheel… is released June 19 on Epic Records.