Sharon Van Etten | Just Like Blood

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…

Sharon Van Etten | Every Time the Sun Comes Up

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…

Sharon Van Etten | Taking Chances

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…

Sharon Van Etten | Tell Me (Demo)

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…

Sharon Van Etten | Magic Chords (Video)

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…

SHARON VAN ETTEN | Serpents

Here’s a new track, “Serpents”, from Sharon Van Etten, whose record “Epic” was Their Bated Breath’s album of 2010. Last year she first released the intricate and passionate single, “Love More”. But this time around, the first single off her new record, “Tramp”, is decidedly more frenetic and rock and roll. Listen below. Her upcoming…

SHARON VAN ETTEN | Like a Diamond (Cover)

Sharon Van Etten’s lush voice and delicate arrangement is the perfect vehicle for Glass Ghost’s brokenly beautiful “Like a Diamond”, a song the band released on 2009’s “Idol Omen”. The original version featured vocalist Eliot Krimsky’s silvery smooth falsetto. This new version is Van Etten, Krimsky on Wurlitzer, and Mike Johnson on drums. It comes…

DEEP RESONANCE | Sharon Van Etten

By David D. Robbins Jr. • Their Bated Breath Artist: Sharon Van Etten • Album: “Epic” Sharon Van Etten’s voice can silence a room. It’s loaded with so many natural intangibles. She has a clear-lined timbre, fragile as thread. Her emotive ebbs enchant with gentility, like the glacial beauty of poured honey. The last track,…

VIDEO | Sharon Van Etten (feat. Balabanian)

Their Bated Breath posted about the track “Keep Trying”, back in April, when the song first came out via net-label EardrumsPop. The label asked artists to do collaborations for “Between the Waves” — which became a 3-disc, 40-song affair featuring musicians you may not know, but may come to love. Sharon Van Etten and Marie-Claire…

ETHEREAL TEXTURES | Sharon Van Etten

IT MADE ME LOVE: Sharon Van Etten has written one of the best songs I’ve heard in 2010. “Love More” (a new single) may seem simple at first listen, but its sorrowful elegance comes from a lot of intricate work. The song opens with the resonating drone of a portable harmonium reminiscent of the violin…