Music of the Week breaks down and talks in regards to the tune we simply can’t get out of our head every week. Discover these songs and extra on our Spotify High Songs playlist. For our favourite new songs from rising artists, take a look at our Spotify New Sounds playlist. This week, Fiona Apple makes a fantastical return with “The place the Shadows Lie.”
The music of Fiona Apple has a method of constructing itself really feel suspended in time. From the simple, piano-heavy compositions of her 1996 debut Tidal to the raucous, ramshackle qualities of 2020’s Fetch the Bolt Cutters, the enduring musician would possibly’ve been a spokesperson of turn-of-the-century doom — however her sound is void of a particular period.
Actually, it’s a trait that Apple shares with the Lord of the Rings franchise, which has grown from J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel sequence within the ’50s to a run of blockbuster movies and, now, an Amazon Unique Collection. It’s no marvel she was picked to contribute to the soundtrack for The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Energy, on a season-finale anthem known as “The place the Shadows Lie.”
With music by composer Bear McCreary, “The place the Shadows Lie” was impressed by a Rings-verse poem by Tolkien himself. Poetry has lengthy been an obvious prerequisite to Apple’s music, and although “The place the Shadows Lie” is void of the intimacy and sentimentality she often forges, her emphatic vocals as an alternative really feel victorious and subtly haunting.
Within the monitor’s closing moments, she belts the tune’s title, and you’ll virtually envision her voice bouncing off the stone partitions of a fort chamber. A refrain swells and swells behind her, affirming Apple’s acute ability of conjuring highly effective emotion — no matter feelings these may be.
— Abby Jones