Joanna Newsom

Culturedarm’s Thirty-Five Best Albums of 2015

35. Drake – If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late  |  34. Peaches – Rub  |  33. Young Thug – Barter 6  |  32. Jeremih – Late Nights: The Album  |  31. Ian William Craig – Cradle for the Wanting  |  30. Dr. Dre – Compton  |  29. Zhala – Zhala  |  28. Future – DS2  |  27. Laurel Halo – In Situ…

Joanna Newsom – Divers

Five years on from the epic and sprawling Have One On Me, it is little surprise to find Joanna Newsom, one of our greatest artists, back with an album of breathtaking beauty, fashioning, forging, and conjuring once again something entirely unique. Nor is it a surprise that after the sheer length of Have One On Me  – a triple album which…

Cultureteca 18.10.15

On this week’s Cultureteca, Joanna Newsom becomes another preeminent artist to criticse Spotify; Beasts of No Nation, directed by Cary Fukunaga and starring Idris Elba and Abraham Attah, is released as Netflix’s first original feature; the 2015 Wildlife Photographer of the Year is announced; and the first Democratic presidential debate becomes the subject for Saturday Night Live. * * * Joanna Newsom on the…

Culturedarm’s Songs of the Month (August 2015)

With so much excellent music released over the short course of the past few weeks, Culturedarm’s songs of the month for August features largely new works and related compositions. July’s list and a couple of Cultureteca pieces discussed in turn Dr. Dre’s Compton and Robyn’s latest project as part of La Bagatelle Magique: both albums, appearing in full on 7 August, have continued to receive much listening time. In…

Themes and References in Joanna Newsom’s Sapokanikan

Yesterday Joanna Newsom announced Divers, her fourth studio album and her first since 2010’s beautiful and generous Have One on Me. Divers is due out on 23 October on Drag City. Accompanying this revelation, she also unveiled the video for the album’s first single. Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, ‘Sapokanikan’ shows Newsom strolling, striding, and sashaying through the streets of New York City. ‘Sapokanikan’ is…

Daily Visual 10.08.15: Joanna Newsom Announces Divers

Today Joanna Newsom announced Divers, her first record since 2010’s triple-album Have One on Me. Divers will feature arrangements from Newsom alongside Ryan Francesconi, the multi-instrumentalist who played on and arranged much of Have One on Me; Nico Muhly, a classical composer and member of the Icelandic collective Bedroom Community, who has worked previously with Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Antony and…

The Best Albums of the Decade So Far: 2010-2015

Feeling only moderately provoked but more to the point inspired by Pitchfork’s list of the 100 best albums of the decade so far, I have compiled and extensively written out this list of my own. My list forgoes EPs, otherwise works by Blood Diamonds and Holy Other would have made the cut, Zola Jesus would have been placed higher, and Burial…