The Californian virtuoso certainly achieves this feat with me and, so, I must preface this review with a full and frank disclosure of a vested interest. The music video was directed by with whom Newsom worked for the film. Against a rich backdrop of antique keys, horns and wind instruments, Newsom details a fantastical battlefield unstuck in space and time. Living life bravely, it suggests, should be our primary concern, despite the loss inherent in our very existence, whatever the obstacles lying in wait for us, however daunting it can often feel. Divers is also a No. Archived from on February 6, 2016.
The sound takes on fresh layers, with the marxophone and electric organ Newsom uses the Mellotron M400 - amongst others - playing important supporting roles at various points on the record. With each repetition of this blunt, glaring refrain - of which there are plenty - an imaginary, subdued doll spins to the tune of plucky music box twinkles. I wanted the character and colors of the instrumentation to shift definitively, from song to song, which entailed a wide pool of collaborators and a lengthy collaborative process with each person. It would not be out of place on A Prairie Home Companion and its final 45 seconds or so provide cinematic post-bellum elation. The California native also logs her best sales week, topping the debut frame of 2006's Ys 9,000. Musically, it is an unlikely marriage of jaunty ragtime and tinkling alt-pop, and is sung in the familiar Newsom style — a sometimes spooky, sometimes shrieky soprano that is, to put it mildly, an acquired taste. A sweeping, graceful coda turns the song inside out, positing that time is both static and fluid, something felt over and over again on Divers.
Newsom is a woman who commands widespread respect and adulation, yet her songs are a long way from being anthems for the masses. It features some of her better-known cuts and is possibly easier to digest at first sitting than its successors, Ys and Have One On Me, but the latter two each prove to be a more rewarding listen, as their idiosyncratic structures and lengths Ys has only five tracks whilst Have One On Me boasts 18 enhance rather than impinge on their palatability. As an artist, Newsom does not shy away from poetry when penning her lyrics. Ahead of Friday's release, Divers is streaming in full on. At 11 songs totalling 52 minutes in length, its own running time is considerably shorter than that of its predecessor, only its title track exceeding seven minutes. They are also lyrically elusive, sometimes preposterously so, while betraying a singular love of arcane historical and cultural references.
After my first listen to the album, this was the song that stayed with me the most. But Newsom, who has just released her fourth album, Divers, after a five-year gap, is an unusual case, and not just because of her gender, or the reaction she provokes from fans I first saw it at Green Man festival in 2010 where grown-ups, the kind with jobs and children, gaped and gasped like tweens at a Taylor Swift concert. It is, for all that, gorgeous; a beautiful, folksy splash of colour and head-spinning ideas that recalls the science fiction of writers like Dan Simmons and, again, Vonnegut. Divers, the fourth studio album from American musician and actress , is scheduled for release on Friday. Her character could be a bird or a bee, in flight motion above a garden. Alongside, the arrangement renders each tug of the harp-strings a tug at the heart-strings. It's a huge subject, and even though she worked with several different arrangers -- including ' and -- she crystallizes 's triple-album ambition into 11 urgent songs that still allow her plenty of variety.
For a small, introverted song, it effortlessly emerges as a highlight. You know, the small stuff. The 33-year-old folk singer began releasing music in 2004 and has since built a fan base, thanks in part to her distinctive vocalizing, poetic lyricism and distinguishing ability on the harp. These are startlingly beautiful, fiercely inventive songs, couched in the metaphysical, touching on the universal, born from a deeply personal place. .
It's the sound of an artist operating at the peak of her powers, employing all her greatest strengths at once to create an assured, moving work that corroborates what Have One On Me already suggested: that Joanna Newsom is one of the finest songwriters of this generation. Conveyed with sincerity, warmth and the musicianship and love of language and storytelling that sets - - Joanna Newsom apart, Divers is a colossal achievement. Critics praised the complexity of Newsom's lyrics and arrangements, while noting that the record is more accessible and compact than previous releases. Time, as ever, towers above all. And, with a formidable knack for telling an engaging story in the space of a song, Divers is further proof that, as a lyricist, Newsom is second to none. She and guitarist, Kevin Barker, performed it as the encore to her Ys show in Brooklyn almost eight years ago and it has clearly stayed with her as a favourite, since.
It receives a similarly high score of 8. In reality, however, it all comes down to her love of language and its ability to evoke mental landscapes. Despite best attempts to put Divers under an objective magnifying glass, I accept that an inherent bias in its favour may occasionally creep in. In the time since then, time itself has been her main concern. If music is a time machine, able to transport listeners to different places and eras as well as deep into memories, then steers as deftly as Jules Verne.
The cover art, album packaging, and music video for the album's title track feature the work of artist Kim Keever. . . . . .
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