Breath in. Breath out. Now relax. Good. For we've reached the moment where we'd love nothing more than to set your busy little soul at easy with a perfectly charming new singer songwriter. Ready? Ok then...
Meet Sharon Van Etten; a lovely, acoustic musician who comes to us by way of Jersey, Tennessee, and, most recently, Brooklyn New York. Word is this wispy chanteuse made the most of her musically supportive upbringing, playing anything placed in front of her, auditioning for every choir and/or musical she could find, and eventually penning her own tunes.
Sounds like a strong musical legacy; one that's apparent in her soon to be released album Because I Was In Love. Some folks do some pretty silly things for that reason. But making an album as beautiful as this is not one of them. Take a listen to the song "For You" (offered below), for example. In it Van Etten glosses gentle, cascading guitar chords with hypnotic but memorable vocal melodies. Sure, she'll probably have a tough time dodging Chan Marshall comparisons. But "For You" also tapers off into more trance-educing territory than that particular touchstone. A real beauty mark indeed.
Because I Was In Love will be released on Language of Stone - an artist-centric label that champions organic musicianship and the human element - May 26th. She also filmed a video for "For You", featured below.
Sharon Van Etten is currently on tour. Check out the dates below:
Sharon Van Etten on Tour:
May 16 - Le Botanique - Brussels-capital
May 18 - St. Bonaventures - Bristol
May 19 - Dulcimer in Manchester - Manchester
May 20 - The Cluny in Newcastle w/ Great Lake Swimmers Newcastle
May 21 - Twisted Wheel - Glasgow
May 22 - Glee Club - Birmingham
May 23 - Rough Trade In Store - London
May 23 - Borderline - London
Jun 11 - Northside Music Fest - Union Pool - Brooklyn, New York
Jun 12 - 92Y Tribeca - New York, New York
Jun 16 - Mercury Lounge - New York, New York
Jul 3 - Sycamore - Brooklyn, New York
Jul 16 - Monkeytown - Brooklyn, New York
Aug 14 - Union Hall - Brooklyn, New York