Sharon Van Etten is a New Jersey native who is currently based in Brooklyn and she’s just released her third album, called Tramp. She’s another artist I heard on the radio recently, and it was actually the first I’d heard of her at all. A little bit of time on the internet told me she’s been making good music for a good few years (her first album came out in 2009). Of great interest to me was the fact that on her latest LP she’s worked with members of The Walkmen, The National and Beirut. These are all names worth mentioning, but that shouldn’t take away from Miss van Etten. Her music has got an Americana twinge to it, but the modern interpretation of it (see The National as a reference for what I mean). I read a comment on one of her YouTube videos that she sounds like Lana Del Ray if Lana Del Ray was talented. A little unfair (perhaps?) but there’s a melancholy that always seems to be lurking in the background of both of them.
Lead single ‘Serpents’ is a great song, mixed with a really prominent bottom end that competes with her voice but never overpowers it. With any luck, this will be the album and the year that sees her make some really big waves. Here’s the original version of ‘Serpents’ and an acoustic version of it that I got through Track In The Box a couple of days ago.
Sharon Van Etten – Serpents [Buy]