In the wake of her fourth studio album Divers, released today, captivating songwriter-harpist Joanna Newsom announces her return to Australia in January 2016, performing in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.
Taking in the East Coast on her fifth Australian visit, Joanna will grace the stages of Art Centre Melbourne’s Hamer Hall on 19 January, followed by a Concert Hall appearance at the Sydney Opera House on 21 January as part of the already announced Sydney Festival program, and Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) on 23 January.
Audiences can splash into the technicoloured depths of Joanna Newsom’s Divers. A clear sightline now fully reveals the limitlessness of this momentous album, and the tectonic plate shift each new announcement brings! With two songs off Divers already officially “dropped” – first ‘Sapokanikan’, presented with the Paul Thomas Anderson-directed video, and second, ‘Leaving The City’, accompanied by the beautiful imagery of visual artist Kim Keever.
“Divers is not a puzzle to crack, but a dialog that generously articulates the intimate chasm of loss, the way it’s both irrational and very real” – Pitchfork ‘Best New Music’
“Her style blends the luminous arpeggios of the classical- and folk-harp traditions with African syncopation — crisp, snappy, interlocking rhythms.” – The New York Times
“Lyrically, ‘Sapokanikan’ is bookish, but its melodies are more than infectious enough to leave it ringing in your head long after its five minute run time has passed.” – NME On Repeat