Joanna Newsom released Divers exactly one year ago today. And to celebrate the occasion, she’s just returned with a new song called “Make Hay,” an unreleased outtake recorded during the sessions for the album. Per the track’s slightly cryptic YouTube description:
Joanna Newsom friends and faithful, we wish you a happy first AnniDIVERSary! The standard gift for the occasion is a timepiece, but watch out — here’s a piece of time out of time that you’ll never not have back again! Recorded for the “Divers” album, this represents the rarest of all birds: an actual unreleased outtake recorded at a Joanna Newsom session.
“Make Hay” is for the divers and the delvers to divine — is it just another piece or the missing one? Only (your) time will tell.
Second AnniDIVERSary gift is China — start digging now!
Whatever that means, the song itself is breathtakingly lovely, a shimmering cloud of piano and celeste swirling beneath Newsom’s inimitable voice. Listen below.