Things have been a bit quiet in the Joanna Newsom camp since the release of 2010s magnum opus Have One On Me, but now the silence has finally been broken. Newsom has emerged from the studio with a cover of Sandy Denny’s ‘The North Star Grassman And The Ravens’ along with a nice, glossy video for the track. Newsom has done away with the intricate instrumentation that served as a staple on Have One On Me and has kept things low-key completing the composition using just her voice and harp, making this version a unique, paired down take on the 1971 original. The video is directed by Maximilla Lukacs and features Newsom wondering dreamily around a rugged desert landscape, playing her harp and making friends with an owl. So, pretty standard stuff then.
There are no rumours of any further new material, but let’s hope 2013 could be the year for a new album from the Californian songstress, maybe featuring a guest appearance from that owl.
Watch the video for ‘The North Star Grassman And The Ravens’ below.