Sharon Van Etten
Artwork by Steph Hughes
SHARON VAN ETTEN TOUR DATES:
Sunday 1 March – Factory Theatre, Sydney with Jack Ladder & Heather Woods Broderick (USA). Tickets on sale 9am, Tuesday 28 October from factorytheatre.com.au.
Tuesday 3 March – The Hi-Fi, Melbourne with Tiny Ruins (NZ) & Heather Woods Broderick (USA). Tickets on sale 9am, Tuesday 28 October from from thehifi.com.au.
Wednesday 4 March – The Zoo, Brisbane with Tiny Ruins (NZ) & Heather Woods Broderick (USA). Tickets on sale 9am, Tuesday 28 October from
Sunday 7 March – Golden Plains Festival. More information at Golden Plains website.
Mistletone, The Music, 2SER & Triple R present the return of Brooklyn singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten and her stunning band. While in the country for Golden Plains Festival, she will perform at Factory Theatre in Sydney on March 1, The Hi-Fi in Melbourne on March 3, and Brisbane’s The Zoo on March 4. Tickets on sale 9am, Tuesday 28 October.
For all the attention that was paid to her 2012 break-through album Tramp, Sharon Van Etten is an artist with a manifest hunger to turn another corner. Her last Australian tour in early 2013 turned heads, and saw her perform a stunning rendition of ‘Give Out’ live on Channel 7’s Sunrise program, and delight triple j listeners and a global audience with a spin-tingling cover of Nick Cave’s ‘People Aint No Good’ for Like A Version.
While most musicians are quite happy to leave the production end of things to someone else, with her fourth studio album Are We There (released April 2014 via Jagjaguwar/Inertia), Van Etten knew it was time to make a record entirely on her terms. She found a kindred spirit in veteran music producer Stewart Lerman whose expertise gave her the freedom to make Are We There the way she imagined.
Always direct, and never shying away from even the most personally painful narratives, Van Etten’s songwriting continues to evolve. Many of the songs deal with seemingly impossible decisions, anticipation, and then resolution. She sings of the nature of desire, memory, of being lost, emptiness, of promises and loyalty, fear and change, of healing and the true self, violence and sanctuary, waiting, of silence. The artist who speaks in such a voice is urging us to do something, to take hold and to go deeper.
The album gained radiant praise from media and fans worldwide, including an invitation to perform on The Late Show With David Letterman. Watch that fantastic rendition of “Every Time The Sun Comes Up”, below: