To say Joanna Newsom is a poet would be criminal. Her lyrical density, filled with wordplay among obscure, yet fascinating topics, brilliantly captures the essence of each of her tracks. Newsom's prose and talent actually makes me feel bad for just even trying to write this right now. At this point in her career, her prolific and avant-garde nature is still unprecedented, with imitators falling light years short of anything she has ever produced.
Today, Joanna Newsom announced her upcoming fourth LP, Divers, sharing a video for "Sapokanikan" as well. The track features a stumbling piano riff that steadily grows into an immense song by the climax around the four-minute mark, igniting Newsom's signature caterwauling soprano vocals. Lyrically, Newsom is equally magnificent and haunting, as she discusses the location the song's title is based on by referencing Percy Bysshe Shelley's poem, "Ozymandias",John Purroy Mitchel , and Australian Impressionist Arthur Streeton. The themes of the lifespans of love and power are apparent throughout the length of the song, singlehandedly proving love can be eternal.
Divers is out October 23 via Drag City which you can preorder here. In the meantime, check out the video for "Sapokanikan" below, featuring Newsom sauntering around the wintry streets of downtown Manhattan.