Randy Karels

Joanna Newsom

Label: Drag City
Buy: Amazon, iTunes

Joanna Newsom is a virtuosic American harpist, singer, and lyricist. But what strikes me most about her music is its completeness and originality. She gently whispers secrets about truths. She pulls you by the arm through epic poems swirling with imagination. Her stories are wide-eyed and intimate but never naive. And even at their most devestating, there’s always an earthy optimism underneath to keep you grounded.

If you are new to her music, I recommend starting with Have One On Me (2010) and her 2007 EP Joanna Newsom and the Y’s Street Band.

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