Boomkat Product Review:
The dreamer dreams again with her 4th album of otherworldly microcosms, 'Divers', recorded by Steve Albini and featuring contributions by Nico Muhly and The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, arriving five years since her last opus for Drag City.
Still possessed by a voice that teeters between sublime and ridiculous (I honestly laughed out loud at the first song), Joanna remains a precious spirit within the indie folk paradigm, blessed with an air of stately patience and poised, immaculate production which belies her phantasmagoric storytelling and deeply whimsical appeal.
The following promo paragraph should give a good gauge of the lofty ideas and intent behind the LP:
"Dive, listener, knowing that your next hour will be filled with diversions aplenty: a wheeling circuit of sci-fi sea-shanties and cavalier ballads narrated from parts unknown; a family of polysemic song-sets; a paranomasaic Liederkreis of harmonic sympathies and knotted hierarchies; a fanfare of brazen puns and martial lullabies, blazing in sorrow and horseplay and love, in turns symphonic and spare, joined by Mellotrons and Marxophones and Moogs, clavichords and celestas and, of course, the harp, thrumming its threnodies of circadian invasions and avian irruptions and strange loops of Shepardtoned resonant-frequencies."
To put it simply, 'Divers' equates to 100% of your RDA for uniquorn meat and magick potatoes.