Washed Out: Don't Give Up
on 28 July 2013
Interweaving vocals anxiously writhe on top of clean percussion and a well-placed piano progression—and that's just the start of "Hot Knife," Fiona Apple's latest single from her critically acclaimed 2012 album The Idler Wheel…. The song meets its match with a potent music video from famed filmmaker and former flame, Paul Thomas Anderson. The visuals are simple and direct, drawing upon the gravity of Apple's incisive lyrics while creating a setting that is intimate in all ways imaginable. From super-tight close-ups to dueling, split-screen shots shared with Apple's sister Maude Maggart, the video is an invitation to the enduring singer's darkly beautiful world.