Aaron, this one’s for you. Take everything that is in the bones of Appalachia, the essence of Shakespeare, and the core of purity. Add a touch of sly humor, and the literate sensibility and integrity of a poet, a beautiful poet who writes the lyrics and plays the harp. Lyrics rendered in a strange but engaging little voice, like what you might imagine a wood sprite would sound like.
Do this and you will have Ys, the new cd by Joanna Newsom. Here is the cover: