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Paul Thomas Anderson directed a Joanna Newsom video

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ANNABEL MEHRAN, COURTESY DRAG CITY
  • Annabel Mehran, Courtesy Drag City

Today Drag City announced that singer-harpist Joanna Newsom's latest album, Divers, is coming out on October 23. Recorded by Steve Albini and Noah Georgeson, it's Newsom's first album since 2010's Have One on Me, which in case you've forgotten is a three-disc set and a total chore. But judging from the sound of "Sapokanikan," Divers might be the first time I actually end up enjoying a Joanna Newsom album—the song's winding recorder at the end is as graceful as the singer's relatively restrained (at least compared to her past albums) delivery. More newsworthy is the video, directed by none other than Paul Thomas Anderson. There's not much going on—mostly handheld shots of Newsom walking around New York City—but it's worth watching for Anderson's characteristically sumptuous cinematography, full of rich colors and elegant saturation. Watch the video below; it's today's 12 O'Clock Track.




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