Posts filed under ‘Sharon Van Etten’
Here’s an early candidate for song of the year. Sharon Van Etten has been coming into her own as a songwriter. I could hear the clear progress from her more modest 2009 LP, Because I Was In Love, to epic tracks like “Love More” from Epic just a year later, to “We Are Fine” and “Magic Chords” off Tramp and last year’s ballad “Your Love Is Killing Me”. Van Etten is releasing the I Don’t Want to Let You Down EP on June 9 via Jagjaguwar, and she’s streaming a song off it called, “Just Like Blood”. I’d been listening to the song so much since it first began streaming, that I thought it deserved some words about what makes it such a fantastic single. I’ve learned, after years of listening to SVE, that her lyrics have grown stronger, and you can hear her confidence (note her upper-register singing too) in the way she’s willing to let verses sit, nearly non-sequitur, to paint a picture rather than explicate one. The mid-tempo “Just Like Blood” is no different. Between the gorgeously dripping piano work, forbidding organ and intermittent strings, sit these smoldering lyrics with their fragmented syntax broken like shards of glass — memory and recollection the scraps of the song’s seduction: “Disappear / When the sun goes down / I sit still / As you breath / Turn around … / You set me off / Just like a gun / Then you run / Just like blood.” But most impressive is when SVE elongates the word “blood”, mimicking it’s visual flow phonetically, the sound of the word then blending gracefully into a wave of orchestral unanimity. . — David D. Robbins Jr.
Singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten posted a stream to her latest single, “Every Time the Sun Comes Up”, a track off her upcoming May 27th LP release, “Are We There”, out via Jagjaguwar/cdistribution. “People say I’m a one-hit wonder / But what happens when I have to … / I washed your dishes / But I shit in your bathroom / Even when the sun comes up, I’m in trouble / We broke your glasses / But covered our asses.” It’s a beautiful, mature track, with a kind of waltzing Nashville sense underlying it’s indie rock aesthetics. — David D. Robbins Jr.
Sharon Van Etten has a new lyric video for “Taking Chances”, a single from off her upcoming release, “Are We There”, out May 27th in the U.S. and May 26th in EU/UK via Jagjaguwar and SCD. — David D. Robbins Jr.
I’m loving this first Sharon Van Etten single, “Taking Chances”, off her forthcoming new 11-track record “Are We There”, out May 27th via Jagjaguwar. It opens with this irresistibly smooth and intimate combo of guitar and percussion (like some kind of Sade beat) before SVE begins her first verses. She’ll be kicking off a tour May 8th, beginning in Northampton, Mass. at the Iron Horse Music Hall. You can pre-order the record here. Follow SVE at facebook and twitter. — David D. Robbins Jr.
Sharon Van Etten is following her Jagjaguwar debut, “Tramp”, with a 2-CD deluxe edition of the record, featuring the entire original album along with demos for each of the 12 songs. The release is scheduled for November 13th and will include a previously unreleased demo, the acoustic “Tell Me”. The record includes an artistic self-portrait for cover art, and a breakdown of each song taken directly from Van Etten’s personal journal entries. The label has provided a YouTube video link to hear the new track. It’s a pretty song about relationship woes, “Tell me that I’m something that you just don’t love / Tell me that I’m somewhere you don’t want to go / Tell the I’m someplace you don’t want to know / Like the back of your hand / I don’t understand.” Note: Lyrics are unofficial. Image from record label. You can follow Van Etten at twitter. — David D. Robbins Jr.
Sharon Van Etten has a new video out for one of her prettiest songs, “Magic Chords”, from the album “Tramp”, which was released February 7 via Jagjaguwar. Video was directed by Rick Alverson. This video arrives just after SVE blew away a British audience on Later With Jools Holland. You can follow Sharon Van Etten at facebook. — David D. Robbins Jr.