Fiona Apple has released "Werewolf" the second single off of her upcoming fourth album, The Idler Wheel.
The singer-songwriter discussed the making of the song with Pitchfork.com and said that despite the bare-boned arrangements of the song, there was a specific element to it that took an unusually long time to get right.
"I was recording myself doing the song for the first time, and a battle broke out in the movie that was playing [on tv]. People were shooting and screaming. I liked it."
"But I couldn't use [the sounds] from the movie," explains Apple. "So I spent literally the next year trying to recreate that sound. I went to San Francisco for Halloween and I was hanging out in trollies recording people screaming. I would walk past a bunch of drunk people and be like: 'Hey, scream!' But it would always sound wrong and stupid."
Luckily, Apple finally found the perfect replacement in an unexpected place.
"I had just gotten out of the shower and I heard all these kids screaming--there's an elementary school across from my house in L.A."
Apple says that the sound of the kids playing "was so perfect" for "Werewolf."
Apple's new album, the follow-up to 2005's Extraordinary Machine is due out June 19.
by RTT Staff Writer
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