Sharon Van Etten Releases New Album, Epic, Out October 5th on Ba Da Bing!


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“I can’t recall hearing anything more beautiful in all my life.” — Robin Hilton, NPR

“Love More stuns on its own terms, but what’s better– and entirely appropriate, given the song’s overarching theme of the deliverance possible in perseverance– is the way it teases of the music Van Etten might now make. It proves that she deserves our patience.” — Grayson Currin, Pitchfork

Tour Dates after the jump…

Sharon Van Etten came to Brooklyn via Jersey via Tennessee via Jersey. Along the way, she sang in choirs, rejected her school’s music program, worked at an all-ages venue, trained as a sommelier, and got a full time job at a record label. She also had some bad experiences in relationships. OK, more than some.

Epic, Van Etten’s second album and first on Ba Da Bing!, lays a romantic melancholy lining over the gravel and dirt of heartbreak, without one honest thought or feeling spared. She sings of betrayal, obsession, egotism and all the other emotions we hate in others and recognize in ourselves. Yet, Van Etten’s grounded and clenched vocals convey the sense of hope – the notion that beauty can come out of the worst of circumstances. Epic is indeed that beauty.

The album was recorded at Miner Street Studios in Philadelphia with Brian McTear. Where Van Etten’s first record, Because I Was In Love, explored her thoughts on love through minimalism and sparseness, Epic embellishes her music to grandiose luminosity. Guitar and singing are joined by drums, piano, lap steel, and a trio of backing vocalists: Meg Baird (Espers), Cat Martino and Jessica Larrabee (She Keeps Bees). The result is a fully realized album that astounds as it elucidates, disturbs as it soothes. The final track, “Love More,” has already been covered live in a collaborative effort between Sharon fans Bon Iver and The National.

It should be noted that Sharon Van Etten is a performer who fully embraces her femininity while confidently expressing it through intelligent and mature perspectives on relationships. She’s not the type of “female singer/songwriter” who champions women-centric perspectives and denies personal accountability. Nor is she a strident provocateur. Those turned off by the provincialism of other performers will be pleased that you can identify with Van Etten’s incisive and universal observations about love and loss.

“Whether your tastes run to Sixties folkies Sandy Deny or Joan Baez, the pointillist intensity of Low or the elegant string-laden art-rock of The Velvet Underground and Nico, seek out Sharon Van Etten.” — Anders Smith Lindall, Chicago Sun-Times

Since her last album, Sharon Van Etten has sung on The Antlers’ Hospice and performed with them at Radio City Music Hall, sung improv on the Mike Reed Trio’s upcoming album, recorded backup vocals for Swedish popstar Anna Ternheim, and collaborated with Megafaun ( She will be featured on a soundtrack for the film The Builder along with Bon Iver and Phosphorescent, and she has a seven-inch coming out this summer on Polyvinyl. After years of playing around the New York scene, Van Etten is preparing for a series of tours that will take her through Europe and the United States, including a stop off in Chicago where she’ll kick off this year’s Pitchfork Music Festival.

Listen to/download “Love More” off of Sharon Van Etten’s Epic
Sharon Van Etten tour dates:

Wed. July 7 – Brooklyn, NY @ Zebulon for The Builder

Fri. July 16 – Chicago, IL @ Pitchfork Music Festival – Union Park – 3:30 PM

Sat. July 17 – Chicago, IL @ Schuba’s w/ Here We Go Magic

Sat. Aug. 7 – Brooklyn, NY @ Bushwick Starr w/ Mike Visser

Tue. Sep. 10 – Raleigh, NC @ Hopscotch Festival at the Pour House w/ Panda Bear, Public Enemy, Broken Social Scene & Bon Iver

Epic Tracklisting:

01. A Crime

02. Peace Sign

03. Save Yourself

04. DsharpG

05. Don’t Do It

06. One Day

07. Love More
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