Joanna Newsom – “Make Hay”

Joanna Newsom – “Make Hay”

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.

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