Joanna Newsom and The YS Street Band EP
(2007, Drag City)
Somehow Joanna Newsom's voice gets better with every release. Her newest EP, Joanna Newsom and The YS Street Band is expanitorily named. After extensive touring for last year's release YS, Joanna and four members from her touring band (The YS Street Band) recorded three songs live in-studio. The tracks include a version of "Clam, Crab, Cockle, Cowrie" off of Milk Eyed Mender, and "Cosmia" which happens to be my favorite song off of YS. The first track on the EP is a new song "Colleen," which has beautifully haunting lyrics, like every other Newsom song. It sounds like an old Irish ballad. The EP is basically a more celtic extension of YS, which means it's amazing, and a must have for anyone who saw Joanna and the YS Street Band play together live. It's absolutely beautiful. I suggest reading along the epic lyrics while listening to "Colleen," "Cosmia," or any song on YS.