Sharon Van Etten has never needed much room to make a grand statement. With four albums diligently released during the last six years, she’s become one of music’s most astute new cartographers of the heart, able to capture emotional trials and triumphs with incisive lines and a voice that loses nothing in the translation and transmission of feelings. Her second record, epic, needed only seven tracks to live up to its title. Her subsequent albums, 2012’s Tramp and last year’s Are We There, went longer, but Van Etten managed still to squeeze enormous sentiments into especially small spaces. From start to rising stardom, Van Etten has forever understood the impact of economy.
It should come as no surprise, then, that Van Etten’s forthcoming five-song EP, I Don’t Want to Let You Down, functions as much more than some between-albums, on-tour stopgap. In only 22 minutes, Van Etten offers documents of surrender and disappointment, admission and longing. The songs are as sophisticated and evolved as anything Van Etten has ever done. Produced by Van Etten and Are We There producing partner Stewart Lerman, the EP features a sterling crew of collaborators: Heather Woods Broderick (keyboards, strings, vocals), Doug Keith (guitar), Zeke Hutchins (drums), Brad Cook (bass), Darren Jesse (drums), Peter Broderick (strings), Stuart Bogie (woodwinds), and The War On Drugs’ Adam Granduciel (guitar) and Dave Hartley (bass).
Sharon Van Etten I Don’t Want to Let You Down EP is out June 9th on Jagjaguwar and available for pre-order now. An instant free download of the title track, debuted in January on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, comes with each digital pre-order. Surrounding the release of the EP, Sharon will play select festivals and tour South America. Full tour dates after the jump.
Sharon Van ELLEN.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Click read more to see current touring dates plus world tour shows happening in 2015.
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
Gateshead, UK - Sage w/ Sam Amidon
London, UK - O2 Shepherds Bush Empire w/ Sam Amidon
Boston, MA - Boston Calling Music Festival
George, WA - Sasquatch! Music Festival
New York, NY - Governors Ball
Rio de Janeiro, BR - Imperator
Sao Paulo, BR - Beco 203
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