Fiona Apple‘s presence on stage typically fits the music she’s been writing for more than fifteen years; angstful and vindictive, yet hopeful and at times sexual. But one thing she has rarely been, if ever, is warmingly open and receptive to her audience.
Perhaps that is why Apple’s set Sunday evening at Governors Ball on Randall’s Island was so enthralling. It was typical in that the performance was filled with the raw and powerful emotion we’ve come to expect from her, but unexpected was the open arms and warm smile she offered to the thousands in attendance once her time on stage had come to an end.
Apple opened her set by jumping and frolicking about the stage to “Fast As You Can” before continuing to dance and sway while seated at her piano for “On The Bound,” “Paper Bag” and her latest single “Anything We Want” from her new album The Idler Wheel…, which she recently performed on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
Her set proceeded like any emotionally unstable roller coaster; from the unrequited love of her torch song “I Know” to “Not About Love,” which at times peaked furiously with her hands crashing the ivory of her piano.
Apple’s set came to an end unsurprisingly with a number not a soul at Randall’s Island wouldn’t be familiar with; “Criminal.” But what was surprising was her reaction to the crowd once it was over. With a coy smile she opened her arms for a “festival hug,” which was demonstrated by Cage The Elephant frontman Matthew Shultz, whose set took place on the Honda Stage immediately prior to Apple’s and was arguably the most energy filled of the weekend up to that point.
Fiona Apple’s Governors Ball Setlist:
“Fast As You Can”
“On The Bound”
“Anything We Want”
“Sleep To Dream”
“Tymps (The Sick in the Head Song)”
“Every Single Night”
“Not About Love”
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