Joanna Newsom Says She’s Working On Music, Discusses Ferguson In New Interview

Other than her role in the new Paul Thomas Anderson film Inherent Vice, it’s been a while since we’ve heard anything from human wonder machine Joanna Newsom. In fact, Have One On Me, Newsom’s staggering triple album, will turn five next year. But Newsom has some ideas percolating, and in a new interview, she talks a bit about what she’s working on.

Talking to Dazed, Newsom says that she is indeed working on a new album: “I’m working on something new — I should hopefully have a little more news soon. I’ve been working hard for a lot of those five years on a new idea.”

Also, on the idea of whether she’d consider scoring a movie, Newsom said: “I think so. It’s just a question of putting time and energy into the thing that is most rewarding at any given time. This movie was so incredibly rewarding and fun for me, and it did maybe defer some of my music work for a while, but it was totally worth it. I think I would do a film soundtrack if I was very inspired by the idea and the collaboration, knowing that it would maybe take away a little bit of my time spent on other music, touring and so forth. But I would really love to some day.”

Newsom also had some things to say about the contemporary relevance of the ’70s-set Inherent Vice: “I think the film drums up a sense that dark forces are at work behind the scenes, and that’s a fear that many people I know struggle with, particularly in the States right now. There’s an incredible sense of — at the risk of sounding melodramatic — a conspiracy. I mean, right now, what’s happening in Ferguson and in New York is terrible: terrible cases of cops murdering people and getting away with it. The words ‘civil rights violation’ come up a lot in this film, and I think that that applies more today than it has for decades.”

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