History Music / JoannaNewsom

12th Dec '17 8:02:37 AM CreatedMe
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Many of Newsom's song-poems feature complicated characters and fantasy worlds. Some are BeastFable tales, others just describe nature, and some are classic folk. Her early work (''The Milk-Eyed Mender'', ''Ys'') was close to prog rock in its intricacy, whereas her later work (''Have One On Me'', ''Divers'') has more pop and orchestral influences. Most critics call her an acquired taste, in many cases citing difficulties in getting used to her distinct singing (which is high, throaty, airy and different kinds of childlike across the years).

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Many of Newsom's song-poems feature complicated characters and fantasy worlds. Some are BeastFable tales, others just describe nature, and some are classic folk. Her early work (''The Milk-Eyed Mender'', ''Ys'') ''Ys'', ''Joanna Newsom and the Ys Street Band'') was close to prog rock in its intricacy, whereas her later work (''Have One On Me'', ''Divers'') has more pop and orchestral influences. Most critics call her an acquired taste, in many cases citing difficulties in getting used to her distinct singing (which is high, throaty, airy and different kinds of childlike across the years).
12th Dec '17 7:51:45 AM CreatedMe
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Joanna Caroline Newsom (born January 18, 1982) is an American harpist and singer-songwriter, known for her distinctive voice and poetic lyrics. Her {{Mythpunk}} music combines avant-garde Appalachian folk music with an unconventional vocal style and ''highly'' intricate fairy tales.

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Joanna Caroline Newsom (born January 18, 1982) is an American harpist and singer-songwriter, known for her distinctive voice and poetic lyrics. Her {{Mythpunk}} {{Mythpunk}}-ish music combines avant-garde Appalachian folk music with an unconventional vocal style and ''highly'' intricate fairy tales.
11th Dec '17 11:26:54 AM CreatedMe
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Joanna Caroline Newsom (born January 18, 1982) is an American harpist and singer-songwriter, known for her distinctive voice and poetic lyrics. Combining "an avant-garde approach to appalachian folk music, with an unconventional vocal style" (to quote Amazon.com), she's usually classified as psych-folk, although she's not fond of the label. {{Mythpunk}} would perhaps be the most fitting label.

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, airy and distinctly childlike, but due to VocalEvolution, less childlike than it used to be).

Her third album, ''Have One on Me'', is decidedly more mainstream than her previous work. While still retaining much of her unique style, it's also somewhat reminiscent of Music/JoniMitchell, Music/ToriAmos or Music/FairportConvention, and marked Newsom's breakthrough as a world famous singer. Due to the aforementioned VocalEvolution, her vocals are somewhat less of an acquired taste on this album, and though the songs retain comparable length to those on ''Ys'', the arrangements and the songs themselves are somewhat more accessible.

Her fourth album, ''Divers'', was released in 2015. It is stylistically similar to ''Have One on Me'', but much shorter. Like her other releases, it has been highly critically acclaimed.

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", "Peach, Plum, Pear", "Baby Birch", "Divers", and "Time, as a Symptom". ProgressiveRock-minded listeners may wish to dive straight into the seventeen-minute "Only Skin", however.

Apropos of nothing, she is a distant relative of Gavin Newsom (Mayor of San Francisco 2004-2011 and Lieutenant Governor of California 2011-present) and (as of 2014) is married to (of all people) [[Series/SaturdayNightLive Andy]] [[Music/TheLonelyIsland Samberg]].

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Joanna Caroline Newsom (born January 18, 1982) is an American harpist and singer-songwriter, known for her distinctive voice and poetic lyrics. Combining "an Her {{Mythpunk}} music combines avant-garde approach to appalachian Appalachian folk music, music with an unconventional vocal style" (to quote Amazon.com), she's usually classified as psych-folk, although she's not fond of the label. {{Mythpunk}} would perhaps be the most fitting label.style and ''highly'' intricate fairy tales.

Many of 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 song-poems feature complicated characters and feature separate fantasy worlds. Some are BeastFable tales, others just describe nature, and some are classic folk. Her early work (''The Milk-Eyed Mender'', ''Ys'') was close to prog rock in its intricacy, whereas her later work (''Have One On Me'', ''Divers'') has more pop and orchestral influences. Most critics call her an acquired taste; taste, in many cases citing difficulties in getting used to her distinct vocal style singing (which is high, throaty, airy and distinctly childlike, but due to VocalEvolution, less different kinds of childlike than it used to be).

Her third album, ''Have One on Me'', is decidedly more mainstream than her previous work. While still retaining much of her unique style, it's also somewhat reminiscent of Music/JoniMitchell, Music/ToriAmos or Music/FairportConvention, and marked Newsom's breakthrough as a world famous singer. Due to
across the aforementioned VocalEvolution, her vocals are somewhat less of an acquired taste on this album, and though the songs retain comparable length to those on ''Ys'', the arrangements and the songs themselves are somewhat more accessible.

Her fourth album, ''Divers'', was released in 2015. It is stylistically similar to ''Have One on Me'', but much shorter. Like her other releases, it has been highly critically acclaimed.

years).

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", "Peach, Plum, Pear", "Baby Birch", "Divers", and "Time, as a Symptom". ProgressiveRock-minded listeners may wish to dive straight into the seventeen-minute "Only Skin", however.

Skin".

Apropos of nothing, she is a distant relative of Gavin Newsom (Mayor of San Francisco 2004-2011 and Lieutenant Governor of California 2011-present) and (as as of 2014) 2014 is married to (of all people) [[Series/SaturdayNightLive Andy]] [[Music/TheLonelyIsland Samberg]].
11th Dec '17 11:20:54 AM CreatedMe
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Joanna Caroline Newsom (born January 18, 1982) is an American harpist and singer-songwriter, known for her distinctive voice and poetic lyrics. Combining "an avant-garde approach to appalachian folk music, with an unconventional vocal style" (to quote Amazon.com), she's usually classified as psych-folk, although she's not fond of the label.

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Joanna Caroline Newsom (born January 18, 1982) is an American harpist and singer-songwriter, known for her distinctive voice and poetic lyrics. Combining "an avant-garde approach to appalachian folk music, with an unconventional vocal style" (to quote Amazon.com), she's usually classified as psych-folk, although she's not fond of the label. {{Mythpunk}} would perhaps be the most fitting label.
19th Sep '17 8:39:51 AM dlchen145
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Joanna Newsom is an American harpist and singer-songwriter, known for her distinctive voice and poetic lyrics. Combining "an avant-garde approach to appalachian folk music, with an unconventional vocal style" (to quote Amazon.com), she's usually classified as psych-folk, although she's not fond of the label.

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Joanna Caroline Newsom (born January 18, 1982) is an American harpist and singer-songwriter, known for her distinctive voice and poetic lyrics. Combining "an avant-garde approach to appalachian folk music, with an unconventional vocal style" (to quote Amazon.com), she's usually classified as psych-folk, although she's not fond of the label.
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]].
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