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Joanna Newsom Enters The Realm Of Fantasy

Joanna Newsom
Annabele Mehran
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Joanna Newsom

Joanna Newsom's bright, piercing vocals are immediately recognizable and uniquely hers. And while the the singer and harpist hasn't released a record since 2010's Have One On Me, her voice is as significant as ever. In a new single from her forthcoming dual LP Divers, Newsom inserts herself into a fantasy world rich with harmony and syncopation. "Leaving the City" twists through sweet harp passages through a chorus that sounds near to metal and feels reminiscent of the Tolkein-steeped rock of bygone decades. And still, that voice soars above it all.

Divers comes out Oct. 23 on Drag City.

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Kate Drozynski