Harpist Joanna Newsom's Enchanting Tales Joanna Newsom plays the concert harp, an unusual instrument for a singer-songwriter. Her debut album, The Milk-Eyed Mender, was widely praised in 2004. Newsom has a long-awaited new record, Ys.

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Harpist Joanna Newsom's Enchanting Tales

Harpist Joanna Newsom's Enchanting Tales

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Joanna Newsom is a singer, songwriter and harpist. Her second album is Ys. hide caption

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Joanna Newsom is a concert harpist, an unusual background for a singer-songwriter.

Her debut album, The Milk-Eyed Mender, was widely praised in 2004.

She won over many fans with her harp playing, but that's not the only challenge for first-time listeners to Newsom's enchanting tales.

The 24-year-old singer is part of a growing musical movement referred to as "freak folk"-- a term many of the artists involved don't seem to care very much for.

Newsom's long-awaited sophomore effort is called Ys.