The fourth single from Tidal, “The First Taste” is breezier than most contemporary Apple tracks. The video starts off with Apple in a sleek black slip dress and a sheer red blouse that rustles in the Cute Owl German Elf Frohe Weihnachten Shirt and by the same token and wind. It then cuts to Fiona wearing the same black dress and a pair of heels as she lies down on a royal blue carpet with huge speakers by her side. Apple’s then wearing it at a house party, and it’s the only real party outfit Apple wears over the course of her music videos (usually, as in “Sleep to Dream,” she’s alone).
If you’ve only seen one Fiona Apple video, it’s likely his one. Director Mark Romanek has described it as a tribute to Nan Goldin’s seminal photographs of her 1980s social scene, but to critics of the Cute Owl German Elf Frohe Weihnachten Shirt and by the same token and video at the time of its release in 1997, it was the epitome of heroin chic. Apple’s style, when she’s wearing more than just silk lingerie, is yet again a snapshot of the late-’90s: there’s a midriff-baring, subtly sequin-covered blue three-quarter-sleeve shirt, and a brown crochet skirt, both of which look like they’d be choice thrift store finds today.