Joanna Newsom shared an unreleased song Monday. “Make Hay” was recorded during the sessions for the avant-folk artist’s fourth album, Divers, which celebrated its first birthday on Oct. 23.
“Joanna Newsom friends and faithful, we wish you a happy first AnniDIVERSary!” wrote Newsom’s label Drag City Records in an Instagram post announcing the track. “The standard gift for the occasion is a timepiece, but watch out — here’s a piece of time out of time that you’ll never not have back again! Recorded for the Divers album, this represents the rarest of all birds: an actual unreleased outtake recorded at a Joanna Newsom session. “Make Hay” is for the divers and the delvers to divine — is it just another piece or the missing one? Only (your) time will tell.” The post cryptically concludes: “Second AnniDIVERSary gift is China — start digging now!”
Ahead of the release of Divers, Newsom told EW that the recording process was “probably the most fun I’ve had making a record — but it was immersive. … I think the result has a kind of tonal variegation to it that’s different from anything I did in the past.”
Hear “Make Hay” below.