Fiona Apple returns with the latest video from last year’s The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do (she’s never been one for brevity in album titles). “Hot Butter” reunites Apple with director Paul Thomas Anderson (Magnolia, Boogie Nights, There Will Be Blood), who also directed Apple’s “Across the Universe,” “Fast as You Can,” “Limp,” and “Paper Bag” video clips.
Much like the track itself, the video for “Hot Knife” is on its face rather simple in terms of shot composition and aesthetics. Yet like the song, the video quickly lulls the viewer into taking this simplicity for granted as new shots continue to be introduced, mirroring the many layers that Apple continues to add as the song builds. Is it simple in its complexity? Complex in its simplicity? Either way, Anderson has crafted a unique and fitting visual representation of “Hot Butter” – check it out below.