Artist of the Week: Sharon Van Etten
Sharon Van Etten is an American singer-songwriter from Brooklyn, New York. In a relatively short period of time, her career has risen to be one of the most unique and recognizable voices of the indie pantheon, releasing four critically acclaimed records and touring with the likes of The National, St. Vincent and Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, just to name a few.
If her debut, 2009’s Because I Was In Love, was an intimate take of the folk tradition in the vein of Cat Power’s first recordings, 2010’s more band-orientated Epic felt like the beginning of the unveiling of her full talents as both a songwriter and performer, which definitely shone on The National’s Aaron Dressner produced 2012’s career-making Tramp.
Her fourth, self-produced and recently released Are We There is a prime collection of haunted and bruised songs created by a woman who knows exactly what she wants to offer her listeners. And, believe me, it does not include easy-listening.
João Pedro da Costa is a web studies scholar and a music fan.