SHARON VAN ETTEN

For all the attention that was paid to her 2012 break-through Tramp, Sharon Van Ettenis 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 Shares “Every Time the Sun Comes Up” Video Dir. By David Kessler Via NPR Music, ‘Are We There’ Out 5/27

Sharon Van Etten‘s new album Are We There is out at the end of the month and today she offers a new visual for recent single “Every Time the Sun Comes Up”. This morning NPR Music premiered the new video directed by David Kessler. Watch it above or on YouTube / Vevo.

Get to know Sharon with a beautiful Pitchfork profile piece by Amanda Petrusich that you can read here.

Pre-order Sharon’s new album out May 27th (26th in Europe) via SC Distribution, Amazon, iTunes, and your local record store.

Click read more to see Sharon’s upcoming tour dates.

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WATCH // Sharon Van Etten Covers Bruce Springsteen For The A.V. Club, New Album Out May 27th



Today A.V. Club premiered a new episode of their “Pioneering” series featuring Sharon Van Etten covering fellow New Jersey-an Bruce Springsten‘s “Drive All Night”. Watch her live performance at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ above or here on YouTube.

Pre-order Sharon’s new album out May 27th (26th in Europe) via SC Distribution, Amazon, iTunes, and your local record store.

Click read more to see The A.V. Club‘s interview with Sharon and all tour dates which start this week in Northhampton, MA at Iron Horse Music Hall.

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LISTEN // Sharon Van Etten Shares “Every Time the Sun Comes Up”, EU/US Tour Dates Start In May


Today Pitchfork premiered the new Sharon Van Etten song “Every Time the Sun Comes Up”. You can listen to the second single above or on our Soundcloud here.

Pre-order Sharon’s new album out May 27th (26th in Europe) via SC Distribution, Amazon, iTunes, and your local record store.

Click read more to get all tour dates and see a special video The New Yorker filmed of Sharon performing the previously unheard “I Love You but I’m Lost” in her apartment. New Yorker subscribers can also read a piece on Sharon by Sasha Frere-Jones here.

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WATCH // Sharon Van Etten Shares “Taking Chances” Video, ‘Are We There’ Out May 27th

Today Sharon shared a new video for “Taking Chances” via The Guardian premiere off her upcoming album Are We There. The video, based on the opening sequence from the Agnes Varda film Cleo from 5 to 7, is directed by Michael Palmieri. Watch the video above or on Sharon’s YouTube / Vevo page.

Pre-order Sharon’s new album out May 27th (26th in Europe) via SC Distribution for a limited bundle including special edition clear vinyl in litho-wrap gatefold jacket and CD in 6 panel cardboard wallet, Taking Chances b/w Taking Chances (demo) limited edition 7″, a signed 5×7″ print of album cover photo by Sharon, and a 17×22″ poster. The album is also available on Amazon, iTunes, and your local record store.

Click read more to see some words on the video from the director and upcoming tour dates in June from New York to Chicago including an appearance at this year’s Pitchfork Music Festival.
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