Fiona Apple Aims For A More Mature Sound On Next Album
    Dec  '97

by Aidin Vaziri

Fiona Apple says she will return to the studio with producer Andrew Slater in January to begin work on the follow-up to her 1996 platinum-selling Work Group debut, Tidal.  While Apple says she has many ideas for the new project, she asserts she will not enter the studio with any full-fledged songs.  "I don't like to have everything figured out down to the last note," the 20-year old singer/songwriter tells us.  "As I figured out during the making of the last album, the first plan you usually have is a moot point.  I have some ideas in my head, and I just want to see what goes on."

The next single from Tidal -- the fourth release -- "Never is a Promise" was released this week.  The song is accompanied by a video directed by Stephane Sednaoui, who also oversaw Apple's award-winning "Sleep To Dream" clip.   The singer says the new material will sound more mature than the already more-mature-than-her-age sounding material on Tidal, most of which she wrote while still in high school.  "I'd like for [Tidal] to be thought of as a demo tape that got released," Apple says.  "I'm far more corrupt now than when I made that album.  I just didn't know anything.  It was naive."  Apple is currently wrapping up an extensive promotional tour for Tidalfin