Fiona Apple


№ 53
May 2017

According to one strain of folklore surrounding the record, Fiona insisted that the name, Tidal, was taken in part because of its phonetic proximity to the funny emptiness of “Title.” But given the wild power of the thing that had come out her, she must have known this magnetism needed proper naming. What primeval force is more fitting than the tides to preside over such a magnificent airing out of wounds? Nothing is quite solid on Tidal anyway, and despite the ferocity, it is always a peaceful album, like the lapping of waves. The hypnotizing pull of these highs and lows make Tidal even easier to sink into; it is a record that swells and rages on an instinctual level. It remains one of the most important artistic distillations of female trauma because of the way she harnesses her pain, transforming it into a quiet source of power.

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  • 2LP, 180g Black Vinyl
  • 45 RPM
  • Gatefold Jacket
  • 12-page lyric booklet
  • Remastered from original analog tapes by Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound
  • 12x12 Art Print by Wade Jeffree + Leta Sobierajski aka Ikko Ikko

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“It would be a relief if women did not have to create art out of pain so often, and if the work didn’t resonate so deeply whenever we are allowed to voice it freely. “I’m very thrilled that other people can get something out of my songs,” Fiona Apple told Rolling Stone. “But I write them for myself.”

Caitlin White

Read our new Liner Notes for Tidal here.

Fiona Apple

Why We Chose Tidal As Record Of The Month

Tyler and Cam talk through our selection of Fiona Apple’s debut as May’s Record of the Month.

We Watch Fiona Apple To Have Our Fun

On how the media—and fans—perceived Fiona throughout her career, and the “difficult” woman narrative surrounding her. Read more here.

It Took Us Two Years To Bring You Tidal As Record Of The Month

We talk through everything you need to know about our reissue of Tidal. Read here.

Why Do So Many People Have Fiona Apple Tattoos?

On the phenomenon of people getting Fiona lyric tattoos. Read more here.

The Art of Mastering

Tyler sits down with Michael Piacentini from Battery Studios to talk through what it’s like to master a Fiona Apple record and what in the world mastering even is, especially in the context of vinyl.

Tidal At 20

We ran a short retrosepective essay when Tidal turned 20 last year. Read that here.

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