Joanna Newsom - Ys

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The dense, knotty and absolutely masterful second studio album.

Joanna Newsom's 2004 debut "Milk-Eyed Mender" established this classically-trained harpist as an original jewel in the new acid-folk scene, but the name-checking pedigree on this follow-up is astonishing. Initially recorded by Steve Albini, strings directed by Van Dyke Parks and finally mixed by Jim 0'Rourke at Abbey Road, it also sees boyfriend Bill Callahan (of Smog) guesting on one song. I say 'song', but this is a vast, meandering five-track suite (and the album's 50 minutes plus) and whilst the vocals are less crazy, the musical ambition is mind-boggling. It's too early to tell how great it's going to be - this isn't 'pop music' - but this is definitely an album to lose yourself in, and an album that's come straight from the heart of its creator; raw, naked emotion but in the most lavish of settings. It's a mesmerising combination.


• Beautifully packaged double vinyl in a gatefold sleeve.


1. Emily
2. Monkey and Bear
3. Sawdust and Diamonds
4. Only Skin
5. Cosmia

Release Info

Release Date: 6th November 2006
Format: 2LP
Label: Drag City

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"It's great because Newsom confronts a mountain of conflicting feelings, and sifts through them for every nuance."

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