Joanna Newsom has been busy putting in work for her big-screen debut, the film adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s novel Inherent Vice. But as the harpist revealed to Dazed Digital in a new interview, that hasn’t prevented her from working on her first new music since 2010’s triple-album Have One on Me.
“I’m working on something new,” Newsom told Dazed (via Pitchfork). “I should hopefully have a little more news soon. I’ve been working hard for a lot of those five years on a new idea.” She admitted that while being in (and narrating) Inherent Vice “was so incredibly rewarding and fun,” the role “did maybe defer some of [her] music work for a while.” “But it was totally worth it,” she added.
Speaking further about the Paul Thomas Anderson-directed, Jonny Greenwood-scored film, Newsom discussed the theme’s poignancy. “I mean, right now, what’s happening in Ferguson and in New York is terrible; (you have these) terrible cases of cops murdering people and getting away with it. The words ‘civil rights violation’ come up a lot in this film, and I think that that applies more today than it has for decades.”
She also mentioned that, if the right collaborator came along, she “would really love to some day” score a film. For now, watch the trailer of the film she’s narrating/starring in, Inherent Vice, due out December 12.