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Joanna Newsom Unveils Intense Single ‘Leaving the City’

Joanna Newsom

Following the piano-driven, Randy Newman-esque first single “Sapokanikan,” Joanna Newsom has shared another song from the upcoming Divers (out October 23 via Drag City). At the shockingly conventional song length of nearly four minutes, the prayer-like “Leaving the City” turns out to be both a return to her debut’s sharply struck solo harp, as well as a bold, almost rock’n’roll step forward, with buzzing electric guitar and arena-metal drums on the climbing, wordy staircase of a chorus. Listen to “Leaving the City” below.