SHARON VAN ETTEN

For all the attention that was paid to her 2012 break-through Tramp, Sharon Van Etten is an artist with a hunger to turn another corner and to delve deeper, writing from a place of honesty and vulnerability to create a bond with the listener that few contemporary musicians can match. Compelled by a restless spirit, Van Etten is continuously challenging herself. Now, the result is Are We There, a self-produced album of exceptional intimacy, sublime generosity, and immense breadth. Most musicians are quite happy to leave the production end of things to someone else. It's enough to live your music without taking on the role of producer as well. Yet Van Etten knew it was time to make a record entirely on her terms. The saying goes "fortune favors the bold" and yet this boldness had to be tempered. For this, Van Etten found a kindred spirit in veteran music producer Stewart Lerman. Originally working together on Boardwalk Empire, they gently moved into new roles, rallying around the idea of making a record together in Lerman's studio in New Jersey. Lerman's studio expertise gave Van Etten the freedom to make Are We There the way she imagined. Van Etten also enlisted the individual talents of her band, consisting of Heather Woods Broderick, Doug Keith and Zeke Hutchins, and brought in friends Dave Hartley and Adam Granduciel from The War on Drugs, Jonathan Meiberg (Shearwater), Jana Hunter (Lower Dens), Peter Broderick, Mackenzie Scott (Torres), Stuart Bogie, Jacob C. Morris and Mickey Freeze. It is clear from the opening chords in the first song, Afraid of Nothing, that we are witnessing a new awareness, a sign of Van Etten in full stride, writing, producing and performing from a place that seems almost mythical, were it not so touchable and real. Always direct, and never shying away even from the most personally painful narratives, Van Etten's songwriting continues to evolve. Many of the songs deal with seemingly impossible decisions, anticipation, and then resolution. She sings of the nature of desire, memory, of being lost, emptiness, of promises and loyalty, fear and change, of healing and the true self, violence and sanctuary, waiting, of silence. The artist who speaks in such a voice is urging us to do something, to take hold and to go deeper. Living in this way, the questions of life remain alive, as close and steady as breathing. Many of the ballads of old are as dark as pitch, and people for whom the issues of life and death were as vivid as flame wrote them. You could turn off the electricity, remove all the instruments and Sharon's voice and words would remain. They connect her to the mystic stratum which flows just beneath the everyday, which is rarely acknowledged as the forces of distraction sweep our attention away.

WATCH // Sharon Van Etten Debuts New Single “I Don’t Want To Let You Down” On The Ellen Show, Now Available As Digital Single + New Tour Dates


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Life just keeps getting better and better for Sharon Van Etten. In 2014, she gave us the breathtaking Are We There which made itself onto a smattering of Top Ten lists, including Uncut, Noisey, Under The Radar, American Songwriter, Drowned In Sound, Paste, Stereogum & Q Magazine. Yesterday, a ga-jillion people saw Sharon on The Ellen Show where she debuted new single ‘I Don’t Want To Let You Down’ (Also on the episode was Mariah Carey, but alas, no guest verse from Mimi). Catch the performance above and listen to the track on our SoundCloud page.

Download the track on iTunes and stream it on Spotify.

Everyone in Ellen’s audience got a copy of Are We There and YOU CAN TOO. Order it via SC Distribution, Amazon, iTunes, and your local record store.

In addition to this performance, Sharon is kicking off the year with two sold out shows at Warsaw in Brooklyn next month before touring the rest of the globe. Full Dates after the jump.

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LISTEN // Sharon Van Etten Performs Four Live Tracks For ‘Spotify Sessions’

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Looking for some more tracks to add to your ‘Tryptophan Mixtape ’14′? Plan ahead for when that warm, fuzzy feeling starts kicking in with these four new live tracks from Sharon Van Etten. Recorded at the Spotify offices in New York, Sharon shares tracks “Tarifa”, “Every Time The Sun Comes Up”, and “Afraid Of Nothing” from 2014′s Are We There, in addition to “Tornado” from her debut LP Because I Was In Love. Listen via Spotify or below.

Sharon has a few dates left in Europe before picking things back up in February with shows in Japan, Australia, and Mexico. Full dates + ticket links after the jump.

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WATCH // Sharon Van Etten Shares “Your Love Is Killing Me” Video Dir. By Sean Durkin And Feat. Carla Juri, Announces World Tour In 2015

Sharon Van Etten currently is selling out shows all across Europe (just head to her Instagram to see the results) and today she shares a long-awaited video for “Your Love Is Killing Me”, one of her most personal and critically acclaimed tracks [including receiving a Pitchfork “Best New Music” when it premiered]. Directed by Sean Durkin [Martha Marcy May Marlene, Southcliffe] and featuring Carla Juri [Wetlands], the video is more of a short film than music video and should not be missed. Watch it above or on YouTube / Vevo. For a look at behind-the-scenes photos of the shoot and more, head to Indiewire where it premiered yesterday.

If you haven’t picked up Sharon’s latest album Are We There, do yourself a favor and grab it today via SC Distribution, Amazon, iTunes, and your local record store.

Click read more to see current touring dates plus world tour shows happening in 2015.

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LISTEN // Sharon Van Etten’s “Our Love” Gets Remix Treatment From The Juan MacLean [DFA Records]


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Sharon Van Etten continues her North American tour next month starting on the 3rd playing the Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco. To celebrate her return to the stage after a brief break from an already extensive 2014 world tour, Sharon shared a special remix by The Juan MacLean [DFA Records] with THE FADER yesterday. The Juan MacLean is the super-duo of DFA‘s John MacLean and LCD Soundsystem‘s Nancy Whang. Listen to it above or here on Soundcloud.

On the remix Sharon writes,
“I feel very lucky that Juan Maclean made the time to do a remix of my song. Being a huge fan of Air, Daft Punk, James Murphy, I was looking for something that had a bit of edge, but I wasn’t expecting this. He started by giving it a lot of space and let the vocals remain dark and bleak while incorporating both my samples and his own sound. I feel honored that he wanted to collaborate.”

If you missed it a few weeks ago, watch Sharon perform “Break Me” and “Tarifa” on Jimmy Kimmel Live here on Youtube and “Every Time the Sun Comes Up” on Late Show with David Letterman here on YouTube.

Pick up her new album via SC Distribution, Amazon, iTunes, and your local record store.


TOUR DATES:
[all tickets: jagjaguwar.com/tour]

10/03/14 San Francisco, CAHardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival FREE
10/07/14 Toronto, ONThe Opera House BUY TICKETS
10/08/14 Ferndale, MIThe Loving Touch w/ Tiny Ruins BUY TICKETS
10/09/14 Columbus, OHWexner Center for the Arts w/ Tiny Ruins BUY TICKETS
10/10/14 Chicago, ILThalia Hall BUY TICKETS
10/13/14 Iowa City, IAGabe’s Oasis w/ Tiny Ruins BUY TICKETS
10/14/14 Champaign, ILHigh Dive w/ Tiny Ruins BUY TICKETS
10/15/14 St. Louis, MOThe Luminary Center for the Arts w/ Tiny Ruins BUY TICKETS
10/17/14 Dallas, TXThe Kessler Theatre w/ Tiny Ruins BUY TICKETS
10/18/14 Austin, TXThe Mohawk w/ Tiny Ruins BUY TICKETS
10/20/14 Atlanta, GAThe Earl w/ Tiny Ruins BUY TICKETS
10/21/14 Asheville, NCGrey Eagle w/ Tiny Ruins BUY TICKETS
10/23/14 Carrboro, NCCat’s Cradle w/ Tiny Ruins BUY TICKETS
10/24/14 Charlottesville, VAJefferson Theatre w/ Tiny Ruins BUY TICKETS
10/25/14 Baltimore, MDOttobar w/ Tiny Ruins BUY TICKETS
11/16/14 Hasselt, BEMuziekodroom BUY TICKETS
11/17/14 Hamburg, DEPrinzenbar BUY TICKETS
11/18/14 Copenhagen, DKVega BUY TICKETS
11/20/14 Groningen, NLVera BUY TICKETS
11/21/14 Gent, BEHandelsbeurs BUY TICKETS
11/24/14 Manchester, UKCathedral BUY TICKETS
11/25/14 Glasgow, UKArt School BUY TICKETS
11/26/14 Birmingham, UKLibrary BUY TICKETS
11/27/14 Brighton, UKCorn Exchange BUY TICKETS
12/01/14 Paris, FRLa Maroquinerie BUY TICKETS
12/02/14 Stuttgart, DE1210 BUY TICKETS
12/04/14 Lausanne, CHLe Romandie BUY TICKETS
12/05/14 Basel, CHKaserne-Rosstall BUY TICKETS
12/06/14 Bologna, ITLocomotiv BUY TICKETS
12/08/14 Milan, IT – Salumeria della Musica BUY TICKETS
12/10/14 Barcelona, ESFoyer del Gran Teatre del Liceu de Barcelona BUY TICKETS
12/11/14 Madrid, ESTeatro Lara – American Autumn BUY TICKETS

Your Love Is Killing Me by Sharon Van Etten

Our Love by Sharon Van Etten

Every Time the Sun Comes Up by Sharon Van Etten

Taking Chances by Sharon Van Etten

Magic Chords by Sharon Van Etten

Leonard by Sharon Van Etten

Every Time the Sun Comes Up by Sharon Van Etten
Taking Chances by Sharon Van Etten
Serpents by Sharon Van Etten

04/16/15
Liege, BEL - The Reflektor

04/17/15
Brussels, BE - Botanique

04/18/15
Luxemborg, LU - Rockhal  w/ Sam Amidon

04/19/15
Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso Noord  w/ Sam Amidon

04/21/15
Bristol, UK - Trinity  w/ Sam Amidon

04/23/15
Dublin, IE - Vicar Street  w/ Sam Amidon

04/25/15
Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club  w/ Sam Amidon

See all upcoming shows

U.S.:
Matt Spinner, Ground Control Touring
matt@groundcontroltouring.com

UK/EU:
James Alderman
jamesa@freetradeagency.co.uk
w: 44 (0) 20 7655 6900

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