Apple and her frequent collaborator Blake Mills appeared on the track, which was a part of Dylan’s studio album ‘Rough and Rowdy Ways’.
“So I’m sitting right here with [best friend] Zelda [Hallman] in February, actually relaxed, and we’re about to have dinner, and I look down at my cellphone and see Blake Mills texting me,” Apple instructed Pitchfork in a brand new interview.
“I hadn’t heard from Blake in months. And he’s like, ‘So I’m engaged on one thing, I can’t inform anyone about it, however we wish you to come back in and do one thing’. And I used to be like, ‘Um, I can’t I’m busy’.”
Fiona Apple performing stay. Credit score: Getty Photos.
“And he was like, ‘Can I name you?’ So he known as me and he goes, ‘OK, it’s Bob Dylan. Bob is asking if you’ll come right here and document’. And I went: ‘When?’ And he went: ‘Now’. And I stated ‘FUCK’ so loud that I might hear individuals on the opposite finish of the cellphone laughing.”
Apple added that she instructed Mills: “I’m not attempting to place myself down right here, Blake, however you and I each know that I’m very underqualified for this job. There’s no level.” And he’s like, ‘He simply needs you to come back in to be you’ So I went within the subsequent day. I’m solely on ‘Homicide Most Foul’.”
Reflecting on the chance, Apple stated: “I couldn’t consider it. I had met him a few years in the past, however I don’t actually know why I’m on the document. I used to be there a complete of like seven hours. I instructed Bob I used to be actually insecure about it, and he was actually encouraging and good. He was identical to, “You’re not right here to be good, you’re right here to be you.
“To have Bob Dylan say that earlier than my document got here out was an enormous deal for me. And I imply, this was just like the one particular person I might have met who’s alive proper now the place it really would have meant one thing to me as a child.”
Fiona Apple launched her new album ‘Fetch The Bolt Cutters’ earlier this 12 months. Giving the album a four-star review, NME wrote: “On her first document in eight years, the New Yorker groups excoriating lyrics with intentionally unrefined sounds. It’s a visceral expertise.”
Apple’s music ‘Heavy Balloon’ made NME‘s list of the 50 best songs of 2020.