Brooklyn singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten will follow up her 2012 breakthrough record Tramp with a new LP called Are We There, set for release on May 27th through Jagjaguwar. Tramp set a high bar for Van Etten, displaying a talent for drawing on difficult emotional situations with an eagerness and perspective that let the audience learn and grow alongside the New Jersey native.
With Are We There, Van Etten expanded her songwriting abilities by taking over the role of producer as well:
It is clear from Are We There‘s opening chords,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 from even 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.