‘Every Single Night’ by Fiona Apple
Director Joseph Cahill taps into Fiona’s ballad to hypersensitivity (possibly the most Fiona Apple-ish theme to date) with this wonderfully synaesthetic collage of vivid and tactile imagery. Each composition practically bristles with sensory detail, from the sticky and tickling damp of the snails that crawl across her skin (her self-confessed spirit animal and preferred form of therapy), to the cool, alleviating pressure of the squid that sits atop her head, which, considering it would feel akin to a giant snail just chilling up there, probably acts like an energy dome to her. Elsewhere, Fiona dangles like a marionette over a pit of crocodiles while her melodies tiptoe delicately down a tightrope, lest we forget the tension involved with leaving oneself open to the void.
She’s also looking ever more toned and physically expressive to the point of being hyperreal, like some kind of Ron Mueck vision of ‘sullen’ sculpted in gypsum—while her translucent pallor shares an eerie symmetry to the sea molluscs that adorn her.