One of the most interesting things about today? Sharon Van Etten’s album new Tramp is finally out.
This is her third album, created in sporadic recording sessions over more than a year with the help of Aaron Dessner (The National), Matt Barrick (The Walkmen), Jean Wasner and Julianna Barwick (Wye Oak) and Zach Condon (Beirut) to name a few. Now on a different label, Jagjaguwar, it seems as though this album is marking a bit of a fresh start or the beginning of a new found confidence for Van Etten, it feels as if there is a lot more to this record than her two previous LPs, the songs are all more self assured, just as raw and not apologetic in the least.
The singer might be more confident in terms of what she’s producing with this record, but the album itself is full of insecurity, doubt, lack of self assurance, tales of a relationship falling apart, Serpents is a little viscious whereas All I Can is pretty much admitting defeat. She’s wounded this girl, but she’s made that into something quite beautiful to listen to.
This album is a bit like some of PJ Harvey’s earlier work, defiant, angry, sad, hurt and lastly really quite talented. There are some heavier guitar sections mixed with Sharon’s haunting voice and then with the song Leonard it all brightens up for a moment with a ukelele, yet still there is nothing on this record that doesnt fit.
Best release of the week? Yeah probably.
If you don’t want to buy without trying (£7.49 mp3 dowload on Amazon), the entire album is still available for online streaming here.
She recently did a live sesson for Soul Kitchen, so here’s a video of her performing All I Can:
Happy Monday everybody.