History Music / JoannaNewsom

21st Jul '17 4:42:50 PM CassandraLeo
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* NatureSpirit: Colleen is, by all indication, [[spoiler:an amnesiac water nymph who got mistaken for a human]]. She doesn't cope well.

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* NatureSpirit: Colleen is, by all indication, [[spoiler:an amnesiac water nymph or selkie who got mistaken for a human]]. She doesn't cope well.
21st Jul '17 4:42:27 PM CassandraLeo
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* NoNameGiven: Colleen is not the real name of the song's narrator; she's given that name by the people who find her washed up ashore. We never learn her real name; however, a traveller tells her that if he were to speak it, "the wind... would rise to tear you clean from me without a trace."
30th Apr '17 4:12:20 PM CassandraLeo
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For tropers looking to get used to her sound, great songs to start with include "Sprout and the Bean", "Good Intentions Paving Company", "In California", "Emily", "Colleen" and "Peach, Plum, Pear".

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For tropers looking to get used to her sound, great songs to start with include "Sprout and the Bean", "Good Intentions Paving Company", "In California", "Emily", "Colleen" and "Colleen", "Peach, Plum, Pear".
Pear", "Baby Birch", "Divers", and "Time, as a Symptom". ProgressiveRock-minded listeners may wish to dive straight into the seventeen-minute "Only Skin", however.
30th Apr '17 4:08:06 PM CassandraLeo
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** While some parts of the song are consistently in 4/4, other parts of "Colleen" switch meter signatures frequently. In particular, a few measures of the verses are in 5/4.
30th Apr '17 4:04:23 PM CassandraLeo
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* AuthorTract: She practically inverts the trope. Her songs can have political themes, but they're so subtle that you'd probably miss them if you weren't looking for them, and a lot of them require deep analysis of the lyrics to uncover, since many of them are used symbolically. In particular, she often uses the ocean to represent female sexuality and/or anarchic pre-civilisation human existence; this can be found in "Divers", almost every song on ''Ys'', and "Colleen", amongst others.

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* AuthorTract: She practically inverts the trope. Her songs can have political themes, but they're so subtle that you'd probably miss them if you weren't looking for them, and a lot of them require deep analysis of the lyrics to uncover, since many of them are used symbolically. In particular, she often uses the ocean to represent female sexuality and/or anarchic pre-civilisation human existence; this can be found in "Divers", almost every song on ''Ys'', and "Colleen", amongst others. A relevant analysis can be found [[http://www.popmatters.com/feature/be-a-woman-joanna-newsom-the-selkie-and-the-sea/ here]].
30th Apr '17 4:03:27 PM CassandraLeo
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* AuthorTract: She practically inverts the trope. Her songss can have political themes, but they're so subtle that you'd probably miss them if you weren't looking for them, and a lot of them require deep analysis of the lyrics to uncover, since many of them are used symbolically. In particular, she often uses the ocean to represent female sexuality and/or anarchic pre-civilisation human existence; this can be found in "Divers", almost every song on ''Ys'', and "Colleen", amongst others.

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* AuthorTract: She practically inverts the trope. Her songss songs can have political themes, but they're so subtle that you'd probably miss them if you weren't looking for them, and a lot of them require deep analysis of the lyrics to uncover, since many of them are used symbolically. In particular, she often uses the ocean to represent female sexuality and/or anarchic pre-civilisation human existence; this can be found in "Divers", almost every song on ''Ys'', and "Colleen", amongst others.


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* WorldOfSymbolism: Some of her songs arguably reach this level. "Colleen" makes no sense whatsoever if you don't understand the mythology and symbolism behind it. If you do understand it, every word in the song makes perfect sense.
30th Apr '17 3:59:29 PM CassandraLeo
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* AuthorTract: She practically inverts the trope. Her songss can have political themes, but they're so subtle that you'd probably miss them if you weren't looking for them, and a lot of them require deep analysis of the lyrics to uncover, since many of them are used symbolically. In particular, she often uses the ocean to represent female sexuality and/or anarchic pre-civilisation human existence; this can be found in "Divers", almost every song on ''Ys'', and "Colleen", amongst others.



* CapitalismIsBad: As with a number of political tropes, this can be found in her work, but it's very subtle and you'd miss it if you weren't trying to find it. For instance, "Colleen" discusses the title character coming to know "such things as the laws that govern property". It's pretty clear we're not meant to think this is a good thing. Similarly, the early version of "En Gallop" from ''Walnut Whales'' has some lines discussing property, which don't come off as any more approving (they might actually sound like WordSaladLyrics at first, but it's pretty clear that they're not).



* SelkiesAndWereseals: [[spoiler:The most common interpretation of "Colleen" is that the title character is an amnesiac selkie who ultimately regains her memory.]]



* WhatCliffhanger: "Colleen" culminates very vaguely, with the idea that there's a twist ''somewhere'' in there (careful examination of the lyrics certainly seems to support this), and then it sort of... just ends. (One possible interpretation with wide support is that Colleen is [[spoiler:an amnesiac water nymph who has been convinced that she is human]]).

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* WhatCliffhanger: "Colleen" culminates very vaguely, with the idea that there's a twist ''somewhere'' in there (careful examination of the lyrics certainly seems to support this), and then it sort of... just ends. (One possible interpretation with wide support is that Colleen is [[spoiler:an amnesiac water nymph or selkie who has been convinced that she is human]]).human; the song ends with her going back into the ocean]]).
20th Apr '17 9:10:57 AM SinNanna
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* BeastFable: "Monkey and Bear" is one.


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* PurpleProse: A positive example. Her lyrics are incredibly verbose and intricate, but they're still very well-written and never feel overwrought like many other examples of this trope.
15th Apr '17 11:30:25 PM BadSplice
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Newsom's songs are ''highly'' intricate fairy tales, with difficult melodies and very poetic lyrics, but they're always less abstract and more coherent than they seem to be at first. Newsom is most easily compared to The Incredible String Band and [[Literature/GoblinMarket Christina Rossetti]], adding her own {{Cloudcuckoolander}} philosophy to her stories and telling them with compelling melodies. Many of her poems star complicated characters and feature separate fantasy worlds. Some are BeastFable tales, others just describe nature, and some are classic folk. Most critics call her an acquired taste; in many cases citing difficulties in getting used to her distinct vocal style (which is high, throaty and airy and distinctly childlike although, due to VocalEvolution, less childlike than it used to be).

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Newsom's songs are ''highly'' intricate fairy tales, with difficult melodies and very poetic lyrics, but they're always less abstract and more coherent than they seem to be at first. Newsom is most easily compared to The Incredible String Band and [[Literature/GoblinMarket Christina Rossetti]], adding her own {{Cloudcuckoolander}} philosophy to her stories and telling them with compelling melodies. Many of her poems star complicated characters and feature separate fantasy worlds. Some are BeastFable tales, others just describe nature, and some are classic folk. Most critics call her an acquired taste; in many cases citing difficulties in getting used to her distinct vocal style (which is high, throaty and throaty, airy and distinctly childlike although, childlike, but due to VocalEvolution, less childlike than it used to be).
1st Apr '17 12:22:16 PM CassandraLeo
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* {{Corpsing}}: In an April 2, 2016, performance in UsefulNotes/SaltLakeCity that has been [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes bootlegged in soundboard quality]], one of Joanna's strings broke, so she had to interrupt the show for a few minutes to change it. The new string kept going out of tune while it was being broken in, and a dissonant note in a performance of "Emily" caused her to crack up audibly. (She also apologizes at the end of the song for skipping two verses, noting that she'd been distracted by trying to think of a way mid-song to avoid using the dissonant string).

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* {{Corpsing}}: In an April 2, 2016, performance in UsefulNotes/SaltLakeCity Salt Lake City that has been [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes bootlegged in soundboard quality]], one of Joanna's strings broke, so she had to interrupt the show for a few minutes to change it. The new string kept going out of tune while it was being broken in, and a dissonant note in a performance of "Emily" caused her to crack up audibly. (She also apologizes at the end of the song for skipping two verses, noting that she'd been distracted by trying to think of a way mid-song to avoid using the dissonant string).
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