Last September, Fiona Apple said she hoped to release her first new album in eight years in early 2020. It looks like she might be following through on that. In a short, self-filmed video posted to her fan Tumblr Fiona Apple Rocks (we agree), Apple deftly uses the front-facing camera to show shots of herself watching George Cukor’s Born Yesterday, then, through sign language, spells “M-Y R-E-C-O-R-D I-S D-O-N-E.” No name, no release date, no single, but this is the most news we’ve had in years, and needless to say, Apple’s is one of our most-anticipated new albums of 2020.
By now we all know that Apple is never in a rush to release an album. 2012’s The Idler Wheel…, one of the best albums of the 2010s, followed seven years after her third album Extraordinary Machine.
Never a fan of speaking to the press, Apple seems to prefer her phone camera these days. Last year, after claiming via video that Lil Nas X sampled “Every Single Night” for his Soundcloud-released track “Kim Jong” (“Where’s my money, you cute little guy?”), she filmed a video of herself agreeing to collaborate with the young rapper.