Joanna Newsom & The Y's Street Band - EP
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||Colleen||Joanna Newsom||6:41||£0.79||View in iTunes|
||Clam, Crab, Cockle, Cowrie||Joanna Newsom||4:02||£0.79||View in iTunes|
||Cosmia||Joanna Newsom||13:23||Album Only||View in iTunes|
Yes, the Springsteen-nodding title of Joanna Newsom & the Ys Street Band is witty, but it's fitting, too: Newsom's Ys touring band backs her on this EP, and these three songs have a much more live feel than Van Dyke Parks, Jim O'Rourke, and crew gave that magnificent album in the studio. With a song from Ys, a song from The Milk-Eyed Mender, and a previously unreleased track, Joanna Newsom & the Ys Street Band plays like the past, present, and future of Newsom's music, all given an earthier, less precious feel that still displays how artful her music is. The EP kicks off with "Colleen," a prickly, feral-sounding new song that, with this arrangement anyway, feels brighter and more immediate than Ys' songs, albeit nearly as densely packed with words, melodies, and ideas. "Clam, Crab, Cockle, Cowrie" channels the sunny, avant-Appalachian feel of The Milk-Eyed Mender effortlessly; and in the EP's context, its relatively simple sweetness acts as a palate cleanser between the heavier fare of the more complex songs surrounding it. Joanna Newsom & the Ys Street Band closes with an epic, 13-minute-long version of Ys' final track, "Cosmia"; opening with banjo, clarinets, harp, theremin, and accordion and closing with a string coda that keeps going and going, the song's will o' the wisp moods and movements are just as spellbinding here as they are on Ys, but more intimate and tangible. A beautiful miniature of Newsom's work, Joanna Newsom & the Ys Street Band is a tour souvenir that all her fans can enjoy.
This is a wonderful EP. Despite only having one new track the new versions of Clam... and Cosmia are definitely worth owning, the former is particularly beautiful. The new track Colleen is a stomping folk tune with some fantastic harp work from Joanna. Roll on Green Man 2007!
This was recorded live i think, if so, dont make much diff..Colleen is up beat stuff and will be all over my summer mixtapes, its got some catchy arabian hooks that sound lush, the extended version of Cosmia will be a joy for anyone that loved Ys or who aint got the chance to see this genius live yet. Buy it here though its about 9 quid in the shops.so in that context. Bargin. xs
Buy both the albums and fall in love. Then buy this and fall deeper. The reworked versions of Clam, Crab, Cockle, Cowrie and Cosmia are well worth the purchase.
Born: 18 January 1982 in Nevada City, CA
Years Active: '00s, '10s
Top Albums and Songs by Joanna Newsom
||This Side of the Blue||The Milk-Eyed Mender||5:21||£0.99||View in iTunes|
||The Muppet Show Theme||The Muppets (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)||0:50||£0.99||View in iTunes|
||The Book of Right-On||The Milk-Eyed Mender||4:29||£0.99||View in iTunes|
||Sprout and the Bean||The Milk-Eyed Mender||4:32||£0.99||View in iTunes|
||Peach, Plum, Pear||The Milk-Eyed Mender||3:33||£0.99||View in iTunes|
||Sawdust & Diamonds||Ys||9:55||£0.99||View in iTunes|
||Sapokanikan||Divers||5:10||£0.99||View in iTunes|
||'81||Have One On Me||3:51||£0.79||View in iTunes|
||Leaving the City||Divers||3:48||£0.99||View in iTunes|
||What We Have Known||Sprout and the Bean - Single||6:06||£0.79||View in iTunes|