Sharon Van Etten — „We’ve Been Going About This All Wrong“ (May 6, 2022)
⇑ Album „We’ve Been Going About This All Wrong“ následuje po albu z roku 2019, „Remind Me Tomorrow“. V uplynulých letech vydala několik singlů, včetně „Beaten Down“, „Let Go“ a spolupracovala s Angel Olsenem „Like I Used To“. Van Etten loni oslavila 10. výročí svého alba „Epic“ tím, že přizvala umělce jako Fiona Apple, Lucinda Williams, Courtney Barnett a Vagabon, aby zrealizovali každou skladbu na LP.
⇑ “I wanted to approach this release differently, to engage my fans in an intentional way, in an effort to present the album as a whole body of work,” Van Etten said of the no singles decisions in a statement. “These ten songs are designed to be listened to in order, at once, so that a much larger story of hope, loss, longing and resilience can be told.”
⇑ Ten hlas je klíčem, jakým vždy byl. Záliba Sharon Van Etten ve vrstvení blízkých harmonických vokálů dodává jejím melodiím hloubku a fundament. Jakési tělo. Efekt je bohatý a obklopující, ať už si pobrukuje s temnou intenzitou v „Home to Me“ nebo zpívá s jasností ve vznešené „Come Back“. Kombinace jejího hlasu, jejího stále se prohlubujícího talentu jako skladatele a hudebních aranžmá, které jsou dobře promyšlené, ale ne napínavé, dělá z We’ve Been Going About This All Wrong silný přírůstek do jejího katalogu. Ať už název alba odkazuje na cokoli, ona směřuje svou hudbu přesně.
⇑ Van Etten recorded and engineered We’ve Been Going About This All Wrong at her new home studio in Los Angeles, working with co~producer Daniel Knowles. She also enlisted the help of her regular touring band, Jorge Balbi on drums, Devon Hoff on bass, and live musical director Charley Damski on guitar and synths.
Birth name: Sharon Katharine Van Etten
Born: Feb. 26, 1981, Belleville, New Jersey, U.S.
Location: Belleville, New Jersey, U.S.
Album release: May 6, 2022
Record Label: Jagjaguwar
Duration: 39:21+12:32 = 51:53
01. Darkness Fades 4:34
02. Home to Me 3:39
03. I’ll Try 3:08
04. Anything 2:39
05. Born 5:02
06. Headspace 4:26
07. Come Back 4:30
08. Darkish 4:05
09. Mistakes 3:59
10. Far Away 3:19
(Rough Trade Bonus CD):
01. Come Back (Demo) 4:47
02. Home to Me (Demo) 3:29
03. Headspace (Demo) 4:16
By Eric R. Danton | May 4, 2022 | 2:33pm | Score: 8.4
⇑ 3 Track Demos Bonus CD
⇑ Praising Sharon Van Etten for making “intensely personal” albums is looking at things the wrong way around. Any artist can do that. What sets Van Etten apart is her ability to make albums that feel intensely personal for her listeners — as if she’s giving voice to your inner life, rather than her own. Van Etten has been doing a version of that all along, since her 2009 debut Because I Was in Love, but it’s a gift that has become more prominent as her career has progressed. It was fully present on her 2014 LP, the self~produced Are We There, a masterpiece of power and subtlety that made the scope of her talent dazzlingly clear on songs that were, yes, intensely personal, but also universal in an uncommon, deeply resonant way.
⇑ Van Etten picks up that thread again on her latest, We’ve Been Going About This All Wrong. It’s the follow~up to her 2019 release Remind Me Tomorrow, which comprised a broader palette of sounds and emotions that felt unsettled, as if Van Etten hadn’t fully found a focus. That’s understandable, given that Remind Me Tomorrow came together when she was the parent of a new baby, a time when the concepts of focus or concentration can feel like distant rumors. Whatever the case then, Van Etten is fully in command on We’ve Been Going About This All Wrong.
⇑ Her sixth album is a loose song cycle that encompasses how it feels to balance work, motherhood and intimacy in a time of roiling uncertainty. That’s a lot to take on, but she nails it: The 10 songs on We’ve Been Going About This All Wrong land hard and, like her best work, take on the meanings her listeners need. Like Remind Me Tomorrow, there’s a wide array of sounds here, from pastoral tunes built around acoustic guitar to synth~heavy jams that clank and snarl like some infernal machine. The difference is that Van Etten has a tighter rein on these songs, giving them a feeling of wildness barely held in check.
⇑ That feeling surges like a rogue wave on “Headspace,” where a restless, rumbling bassline prowls through a thicket of grinding synths as she repeats the refrain — “Baby don’t turn your back to me” — over and over, changing the emphasis and varying the melody slightly until the words become an apocalyptic mantra. The vibe is at once alluring and terrifying as desire blurs into a primal need to be desired in turn, or even simply visible. Elsewhere, Van Etten’s distinctive guitar strumming starts “Anything,” which is soon overtaken by booming drums (also by Van Etten) and vocals that ring out in anguish as she wrestles with feeling powerless. “Mistakes” rides a buzzy dance~floor groove into a chorus that soars above the tumult, even as she’s battling self~consciousness (“I dance like Elaine,” she sings, in perhaps the most unexpected Seinfeld reference of all time). Album opener “Darkness Fades” is classic Van Etten, expanding from acoustic guitar to an enveloping arrangement of bass, drums, synths and percussion that frames her voice.
⇑ That voice is the key, as it always has been. Van Etten’s fondness for layering close harmony vocals gives her melodies depth and body, and the effect is rich and enveloping, whether she’s murmuring with dusky intensity on “Home to Me” or singing with clarion power on the stately “Come Back.” The combination of her voice, her ever~deepening talent as a songwriter and musical arrangements that are well thought out but not fussed over makes We’ve Been Going About This All Wrong a potent addition to Van Etten’s catalog. Whatever else the album title refers to, she’s been going about her music exactly right. — Paste
By ANGIE MARTOCCIO ⌊ FEB. 8, 2022 1:06PM ET ⌋:
Sharon Van Etten sweats it all out in the new video for “Porta.”
⇑ The clip opens with the singer~songwriter preparing to exercise, inserting a cassette into a boombox before engaging in a rigorous workout — her vocals blanketed over layers and layers of velvety synths.
⇑ Van Etten said in a statement that “Porta” was written during one of her “lowest lows” in 2020. “For most of my adult life I have struggled with bouts of depression and anxiety and coping mechanisms, and I sometimes let those dark moments get the best of me,” she said. “During this time I felt very dissociated. Not connected to my body, and I felt out of control.”
⇑ She then reached out to her friend Stella Cook, who runs Base Pilates in North Carolina. The duo would meet once a week over Zoom, drinking coffee before exercising.
⇑ “I knew I was entering a no~judgment zone and I needed to be held accountable for my actions and Stella helped me step up,” she said. “She was encouraging, but not pushy. If life got in the way, I didn’t feel like I let her down — but I loved our sessions. I looked forward to them. I started feeling closer to her, and closer to myself, and it helped things seem hopeful. And I just wanted to share that with the world.”
⇑ Sharon Van Etten is back with her second single of the year. It’s called “Used to It” and it arrives with a video created by her musical director and bandmate Charley Damski. The clip stars Van Etten alongside dancer and choreographer Hayden J Frederick.
⇑ Van Etten originally wrote “Used to It” for the HBO documentary Baby God, which follows a fertility specialist who impregnates women with his own sperm. “Ultimately, the film team changed their musical direction, but I found myself welcomely challenged to the idea of writing a song about the concept of family, connection through blood, nature vs nurture, while attempting to incorporate ideas of love and the complexities of science and technology,” Van Etten said in a press release.
⇑ She continued: “I am grateful for this song to be able to have a new life, relating more to the times we have all been living through and redefining the meaning of this song by focusing on the positives of seeking connection and understanding what family means to the individual.”
⇑ Of the video for “Used to It,” Van Etten added: “Together, they helped me convey the feelings of internal struggles, while also finding space for oneself and embracing that pain in order to move on.”