The album title was initially inspired by a line from television crime drama The Fall, and ultimately reflects themes of agency and power: “It’s about breaking out of whatever prison you’ve allowed yourself to live in, whether you built that prison for yourself or whether it was built around you and you just accepted it,” Apple has explained in interviews. “Fetch your tool of liberation. Set yourself free.”
The songs here follow in that spirit of unrestrained imagination. Apple uses improvised instruments and found sounds from her Venice Beach home to craft a unique musical language that’s percussive, propulsive, experimental and exhilarating; meanwhile, her lyrics both examine and challenge cruelty and evil in society.
Songs also reflect on our shared vulnerability, all delivered with empathy and humour.
Fetch The Bolt Cutters by Fiona Apple is out July 24 on CD, while three other iterations will turn up on September 18 (and are available for pre-order now!):
- Deluxe CD Mediabook (CD plus a 5 x 8-inch cloth-bound 40-page book, sticker sheet, and two Polaroid-sized art cards of photographs of Fiona Apple and a dog)
- Black 180 gram double vinyl (including a 5 x 8-inch, 20-page booklet)
- Limited edition, 180 gram, opaque pearl double vinyl (including a 5 x 8-inch, 20-page booklet)