Out today on Drag City, Joanna Newsom’s Have One On Me is a triple LP of amazing depth and beauty.
And that’s really it. I mean, I could try and explain this feeling that keeps me glued to my headphones. This transcendental stillness that makes me feel like I’m both floating and sinking. I could go on about the amazing bravery it must take to make a collection of songs that seems so driven by intuition and instinct. The sort of courage it must take to make two hours of intimate, oft-abstract music, and then to try and organize that into something coherent.
I could do all of those things, but I’d just be keeping you from heading on over and having a listen.
So, after the cut, courtesy of NPR, I present you with the whole album. I’ve also separated out “Baby Birch” – my current favorite. Enjoy!
Here’s the album:
And here’s “Baby Birch”