Joanna Newsom – “Divers” Video (Dir. Paul Thomas Anderson)

UPDATE: Here’s the official video in high quality.


Joanna Newsom’s new album Divers is out next week. We’ve already heard two gorgeous singles, “Sapokanikan” and “Leaving The City,” and seen the equally gorgeous video for the former directed by acclaimed filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson. As previously announced, the video for the title track, also directed by Anderson, is currently being shown in select theaters worldwide, and one fan captured it on camera at the IFC Center screening in NYC so the rest of us can enjoy it from the comfort of our own homes. Like the “Sapokanikan” video, this one is low-concept but lovely, superimposing Newsom’s face on the beautiful, slightly surreal landscapes and cloud formations of visual artist Kim Keever, whose artwork is used throughout the packaging of Divers. (The song is great too, but come on, you already knew that.)

On Friday, Newsom made headlines by weighing on the streaming wars, calling Spotify a “villainous cabal,” a “garbage system,” and the “banana of the music industry.” As The Los Angeles Times reports, Spotify’s global head of communications and public policy, Jonathan Prince, has now responded to her criticisms in a statement (although he fails to address the killer fruit-based diss):

We’d love to sit down with Joanna and try and clear up some of the misunderstandings about how Spotify works to support artists, songwriters, and the whole music industry. For example, someone has led her to believe ‘we don’t pay artists anything’ for advertising and subscriptions — in fact, we pay around 70 percent of all our revenue, from every single advertising and subscription dollar, in royalties. We’re proud that we’re the single biggest driver of growth in music right now, and we’d love to talk with Joanna about how we’re making streaming work for artists and songwriters around the world, cause we’d love to work with her too.”

Divers is out 10/23 on Drag City.