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.

Come See Us At The Independent Label Market In London On Saturday!

We are very excited to be in attendance at the Independent Label Market tomorrow with a long list of other fantastic indie labels! We’ll have vinyl, rare items, and more for you to mull over buying with your hard earned money but we would love just to see you and say hello!

Our table is located by the Commercial St entrace to the Market in between Soul Jazz Records and Vice Records. To see a list of some special items we are offering at the market plus a map of all the vendors, see below.

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WATCH // Sharon Van Etten Stars in Ace & Jig Style Video

Sharon Van Etten recently took a break from opening for Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds to star in a style video for Ace & Jig. Premiering at Style.com, the video features Sharon sporting clothes from the clothing company’s Fall 2013 collection. You’ll also notice her song “One Day” playing in the background. Watch above.

You can see Sharon perform live at a handful of festivals this summer; Bottle Rock, Nelsonville Music, Ottawa Bluesfest and Pickathon are all included. You’ll find all the show details HERE.

RECORD STORE DAY ESSENTIAL // Shearon Van Ettenwater Split 7″


Sharon Van Etten and Shearwater cover “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” 

RECORD STORE DAY IS UPON US. As April nears, we all frantically search the web looking for the novelty releases that have all the potential to become our year favorites. No searching necessary – Sharon Van Etten has joined Shearwater for a collaborative split 7″, out April 20 via Sub Pop. The single features Shearon Van Ettenwater shredding something serious on their previously recorded cover of the Stevie Nicks/Tom Petty duet “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around,” which you can watch above.

The b-side features a new song, “A Wake for the Minotaur.” Only 3,000 of the these babies exist, so you better put it at the top of your list. You will also find “A Wake for the Minotaur” on Sub Pop’s Terminal Sales Vol. 6: The Silver Ticket CD comp, a free RSD giveaway. See artwork below and all the details at Pitchfork!

TOUR ALERT // Dinosaur Jr. Announce West Coast Dates, J Mascis Teams Up With Sharon Van Etten for John Denver Tribute


Hallelujah! Dinosaur Jr. are bringing their live show to the West Coast! They’ve announced a handful of dates in between their Australian and European tours; included in the tour is a performance at Coachella! Check out all stops below.

J Mascis recently teamed up with Sharon Van Etten for a song on the new John Denver tribute album. Listen to “Prisoners” at Pitchfork.

 
West Coast Tour:
04/11/13 Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
04/12/13 Sonoma, CA – Gundlach Bundschu
04/13/13 Fresno, CA – Fulton 55
04/14/13 Indio, CA – Coachella
04/17/13 Pomona, CA- The Glass House w/ King Tuff
04/18/13 Santa Barbara, CA – Velvet Jones
04/19/13 Phoenix, AZ – The Crescent Ballroom
04/20/13 Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre
04/21/13 Indio, CA – Coachella

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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