May 17, 2006

Joanna Newsom – The Milk-Eyed Mender

Filed under: Reviews — Rene @ 10:43 am

Joanna Newsom – The Milk-Eyed Mender Harpist/pianist Joanna Newsom comes from a very musical family; both of her parents, sister and brother play musical instruments. Joanna started playing harp at the early age of seven. The Milk-Eyed Mender (2004) is actually her third album. Joanna previously self released two albums: Walnut Whales (2002) and Yarn an Glue (2003). Joanna also worked on many different side projects and she still actively is a member of rock/indie band The Pleased where she plays on keyboards.

The musical arrangement of The Milk-Eyed Mender is fairly simple. It is mainly Joanna’s childish voice accompanied by harp, piano or occasionally harpsichord. Her songs are influenced by Appalachian folk and are absolutely beautiful and delicate in their simplicity. As highlights of the The Milk-Eyed Mender album I would definitely recommend: “Peach, Plum, Pear”, “This Side of the Blue” or “Sprout and Bean”. You know what? Check the whole album out, it is absolutely worth it.

Joanna toured here in Australia about a year ago supported by Smog.
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