She’s considered a ‘love/hate’ artist by manny, but Joanna Newsom says she’s surprised by how polarising her music is.
The subject of this month’s Q Maverick interview in our new issue – available now in print and on digital – insists it was never her intention to be musical marmite.
“It’s funny, so many people assume that not only had I anticipated being divisive but that I intentionally did something to make people mad – almost like there was a punk element to it,” she tells Q’s Dorian Lynskey.
“I definitely thought I was writing songs that were my version of what something beautiful and pleasing might be. It’s just that some combination of ingredients really upset a lot of people. People will still introduce me as, ‘Ya love her or ya hate her!’ Why? What is it that I do that means it has to be one of those two things?”
Get this month’s issue now for the full interview with Newsom as she discusses insomnia, love, unmapped musical universes inside her head, why she's no pixie and much more.