Joanna Newsom shares new song 'Make Hay'
An unreleased outtake from last year's 'Divers'
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.