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Sharon Van Etten’s new video for “Seventeen” will destroy you

Sharon Van Etten | photo courtesy of the artist

“You think you know something. You don’t.”

Singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten is in conversation with her younger self on the latest teaser of her hotly anticipated new record Remind Me Tomorrow. “Seventeen” rides a fervent kick drum pulse and juxtaposes moving piano chords and steady guitar strums with synthesizer squalor that becomes more intense as the song progresses, leaving listners gutted and breathless at the end.

On the one hand, the song and its music video comprise a love letter to New York City, where Van Etten has lived for the past 15 years. It celebrates the New York City that opened up a world of possibilities for a young creative woman from New Jersey, the New York City that shaped her personally and artistically, and the New York City that is gone to the ages. Continue reading →

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Watch Sharon Van Etten’s stunning, cinematic video for “Jupiter 4”

Sharon Van Etten | still from video

“Holy shit!” Sharon van Etten exclaimed on Instagram this morning. “Did I write a happy, almost poppy, love song!?”

Sonically, this track from the singer-songwriter’s highly anticipated Remind Me Tomorrow LP is spacious and spectral, occupying a gripping space somewhere between her pensive ballads and her barreling rockers. Lyrically, “Jupiter 4” is all about devotion, and its video finds Van Etten emoting in a variety of natural surroundings in sweeping, dramatic black and white shots. Continue reading →

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Sharon Van Etten reflects on younger selves in ‘Comeback Kid’ video

Sharon Van Etten | still from “Comeback Kid” official music video.

“Comeback Kid” is the first single from Sharon Van Etten’s new album, Remind Me Tomorrow, out January 18th. The song acknowledges her temporary respite from performing–in that lull she was busy creating music, going to school and becoming a mother. The music video, directed by Jonathan Turner, reveals a tougher side to the indie singer, her eyes smokey and hair deliberately tousled. Projections of Sharon’s younger selves play out on the rippled wall behind her, fuzzy candids and fisheye self-portraits, a traipse into the past.  Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Sharon Van Etten will headline Union Transfer in February

Sharon Van Etten
Sharon Van Etten | photo by Ryan Pfluger | courtesy of the artist

After taking several years off to go back to school, launch an acting career, and start a family, singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten returns to music with her fifth album, Remind Me Tomorrow, which comes out January 18th on Jagjaguwar Records. The record was announced with an urgent rocker called “Comeback Kid,” a high-energy earworm that very directly addresses her re-emergence. Continue reading →

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Sharon Van Etten and an orchestra covered LCD Soundsystem’s “New York, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down” for the BBC

Sharon Van Etten | still from video

When she’s not working on her hotly-anticipated new record, singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten is making select performances around the globe, and this month she appeared in the BBC Proms concert series for a revue-style show at London’s Royal Albert Hall. The theme was “New York: Sound of a City,” and featured a variety of artists from NYC — Hercules and Love Affair, serpentwithfeet, Nifty Scott — performing backed by the Heritage Orchestra and conductor Jules Buckley. For Van Etten’s performance, she covered the LCD Soundsystem ballad “New York, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down” from 2006’s Sound of Silver. Watch the video below, and check out other videos from the concert here.   Continue reading →

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Michael Cera and Sharon Van Etten shot a video in … Glenside?

Sharon Van Etten | Photo by Cameron Pollack

If you watch the upcoming documentary film DINA, some local sights may catch your eye. The film is billed as a “real-life romantic comedy” and follows the events and experiences of suburban PA couple Dina Buno and Scott Levin, who both face the challenges of being in a relationship while living with mental disabilities. The film won awards at Sundance, but since it doesn’t premiere until Oct. 6, we didn’t know a ton about it other than that basic premise. But, a few days ago, a welcome surprise appeared in the form of a Michael Cera + Sharon Van Etten collab. The song “Best I Can,” from the film’s soundtrack, comes with a video featuring the film’s cast and was shot right in our neck of the woods — the suburbs of Glenside, Jenkintown, West Chester and Springfield are among the locations used. Continue reading →

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Hear Sharon Van Etten take on a country classic with her cover of “The End of the World”

Sharon van Etten | via the artist's Facebook page
Sharon Van Etten | via the artist’s Facebook page

It’s been a few years since Sharon Van Etten’s last proper release, but in the interim, she’s been keeping busy scoring films and covering the Squidbillies theme. Now, she’s taking on Skeeter Davis’ classic country tune “The End of the World” for Resistance Radio: The Man In The High Castle Album. Inspired by the Amazon-produced television show of the same name, the record features a star-studded track list that also includes covers from The Shins , Angel Olsen, Andrew VanWyngarden of MGMT, and more. Van Etten leaves the arrangement largely untouched in her take on the song, regonizing that a melody this beautiful only needs a beautiful voice to sing it. If you need me, I’ll be weeping softly next to the vintage gramaphone I inexplicably just found in my basement. Stream the track below. Continue reading →