Joanna Newsom- Divers

Joanna Newsom- Divers

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Label: Drag City

Released 2015

Divers is Newsom’s first album since 2010. Good heavens - five years go by - what can one do? Dive, listener, knowing that your next hour will be filled with diversions aplenty: a wheeling circuit of sci-fi sea-shanties and cavalier ballads, narrated from parts unknown; a family of polysemic song-sets; a paranomasaic Liederkreis of harmonic sympathies and knotted hierarchies; a fanfare of brazen puns and martial lullabies, blazing in sorrow and horseplay and love, in turns symphonic and spare, joined by Mellotrons and Marxophones and Moogs, clavichords and celestas and of course the harp, thrumming its threnodies of circadian invasions and avian irruptions and strange loops of Shepard-toned resonant-frequencies and something called goddamned Simulacreage. The music of Divers is a wonder of considered arrangements a taut line, threaded with the pearls of passed and passing times...a round, a chant, an incantation...a ray of light diverted eleven ways, into eleven songs that striate, in chromatic collusion, their simultaneous arc...a span that takes in lifetimes, but is immaculately sequenced for telescoped brevity. 

Track listing:

  1. Anecdotes
  2. Sapokanikan
  3. Leaving the City
  4. Goose Eggs
  5. Waltz of the 101st Lightborne
  6. The Things I Say
  7. Divers
  8. Same Old Man
  9. You Will Not Take My Heart Alive
  10. A Pin-Light Bent
  11. Time, As a Symptom