Shortly thereafter, Newsom toured with Devendra Banhart and Vetiver and made an early UK appearance at the Green Man Festival in Wales, returning to headline in 20, respectively.
Newsom's work has become prominent on the indie scene, and her profile has risen, in part due to a number of live shows and appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Live on ABC. The album features orchestrations and arrangements by Van Dyke Parks, engineering from Steve Albini, and mixing by Drag City label-mate Jim O'Rourke.
On a road trip, Bill Callahan recommended she listen to the album Song Cycle by Parks, which led to his being chosen to arrange her work on Ys.
After touring with Will Oldham, she was quickly signed to Drag City and released her debut album The Milk-Eyed Mender in 2004.The subgenre distinguishes itself from psych folk with a focus on composition: abrupt shifts, unexpected chord progressions, and multi-part movements that stretch out with ornate arrangements.With the help of defining British groups like Jethro Tull, the Strawbs, and Gryphon, the genre became known for incorporating medieval themes and instrumentation (see: “Midnight Mushrumps”).Bien qu'il soit rapidement déçu par les contraintes imposées par l'art académique, ses fréquentations lui permettent d'aller plus loin dans ses désirs.Par exemple, il partage sa chambre dans le Castro avec un couple gay qui lui demande de jouer à l'occasion de son mariage (l'hymne gospel How Great Thou Art et Love Me Tender d'Elvis Presley).