Joanna Newsom

The indie harpist talks to TIME about her new album, Have One on Me, and what happened when she lost her voice

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Joanna Newsom

Joanna Newsom plays the harp, writes esoteric songs that contain words like Tulgeywood and sings in a high-pitched warble that manages to sound both beautiful and pained at the same time. It took the 28-year-old songwriter four years to release Have One on Me, the three-disc follow-up to her critically acclaimed sophomore album Ys. Newsom talks to TIME about the process of creating a monstrous album, why she wishes she was a better composer and what happened when she lost her voice.

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