Fetch the Bolt Cutters

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Fetch the Bolt Cutters
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 17, 2020 (2020-04-17)
Recorded2015–March 2020
Fiona Apple chronology
The Idler Wheel...
Fetch the Bolt Cutters

Fetch the Bolt Cutters is the upcoming fifth studio album by American singer Fiona Apple. It is scheduled to be released on April 17, 2020, and will be Apple's first release since The Idler Wheel... in 2012.

Background and recording[edit]

In 2012, Apple began conceptualising a new album, considering a concept album based on her home in Venice Beach or the Pando in Utah. In 2015, she began recording the album with bassist Sebastian Steinberg, drummer Amy Aileen Wood and guitarist Davíd Garza.[1]

They began recording in Apple's Venice Beach home studio, using home-made percussive objects and chanting as they marched around the house. They spent three weeks at the Sonic Ranch studio in rural Texas, with little success. Upon returning to Venice Beach, they began making progress, with Apple recording long takes consisting of instruments being hit against surfaces and objects. Apple's vocals were unedited, and the album developed a highly percussive sound.[1]

By July 2019, Apple had begun mixing the album. In September the process began to slow down, with Apple developing doubts about the album.[1] At this time, the artist first mentioned work on her new project in an interview with Vulture, explaining that she was still working hard on her next album which should have been released "a million years ago" and was hoping to put it out in 2020. She also admitted to being reclusive due to ongoing recording sessions at her Venice Beach house.[2]

In January 2020 she played the mixes to her band members, whose positive response brought Apple back on track.[1] In an interview that month, she said that the album process was in its final stages, with the only things left being "artwork and stuff".[3][4] On March 9, 2020, she revealed that she had finished recording, making the announcement in sign language.[5]

Music and lyrics[edit]

The album's sound is percussive and raw. Songs feature looped sections, and sudden tempo changes. Apple's long-time bassist Sebastian Steinberg compared the album to Apple's 2012 song "Hot Knife", describing it as "very raw and unslick". Lyrically, Apple identified its main theme as "not being afraid to speak". She also explores her complex social relationships with other women.[1]


On March 16, 2020, Apple announced the album and its title in an extensive New Yorker profile. The title, Fetch the Bolt Cutters, is a quote from the British-Irish crime drama television series The Fall, where the protagonist, a sex-crimes investigator portrayed by Gillian Anderson, recites the phrase while investigating a crime scene where a girl was tortured.[1] The next month, she announced that the album was set to be released digitally on April 17.[6]

Confirmed tracks[edit]

The album will consist of 13 tracks. Titles of songs recorded for the album include:[1]

  • "The Drumset Is Gone"
  • "Fetch the Bolt Cutters"
  • "For Her"
  • "Heavy Balloon"
  • "I Want You to Love Me"
  • "Kick Me Under the Table"
  • "Ladies"
  • "Newspaper"
  • "On I Go"
  • "Rack of His"
  • "Shameka"



Additional musicians[1]



  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Nussbaum, Emily (March 16, 2020). "Fiona Apple's Art of Radical Sensitivity". New Yorker. Retrieved March 16, 2020.
  2. ^ Handler, Rachel (September 25, 2019). "Fiona Apple Is Still Calling Bullshit". Vulture. Retrieved March 16, 2020.
  3. ^ Bacior, Robin (January 22, 2020). "Fiona Apple says new album will "be done soon"". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved March 16, 2020.
  4. ^ Handler, Rachel (January 22, 2020). "15 Minutes With Fiona Apple". Vulture. Retrieved March 16, 2020.
  5. ^ Langford, Jackson (March 9, 2020). "Fiona Apple reveals her new album is finished". NME. Retrieved March 16, 2020.
  6. ^ Minsker, Evan (April 1, 2020). "Fiona Apple Releasing New Album Fetch the Bolt Cutters This Month". Pitchfork. Retrieved April 1, 2020.