“Sharon Van Etten has a voice and songwriting prowess that could steal any show, and her newest slice of solo glory finds her leading a band featuring The National’s Dessner brothers, Matt Barrick from The Walkmen and Doveman’s Thomas Bartlett. “Serpents” is recorded with lush sonics, leaving her to emote over guitars that twang, scream and chug. What else would you expect with this class? Find more on her upcoming Tramp, which arrives February 6 via Jagjaguwar.”
“Serpents is the first single off of Tramp, Sharon Van Etten’s Jagjaguwar debut. The shimmering sound of Tramp both defies and illuminates the unsteadiness of a life in flux. During the 14 months of scattered recording sessions, Sharon Van Etten was without a home – crashing with friends and spreading out her possessions between various locations. The only constant during this time was when Van Etten returned to the garage studio of The National’s Aaron Dessner.
The resulting album is an assured and strident one, and Tramp showcases an artist in control of her powers, incorporating vivid arrangements and instrumentation into the songwriting. It is a startling collection, filled with as much defiant rock as pious, minimal beauty. There are declarative hymns and remarkably sultry numbers. Tramp features many stupendous guests, as well, including Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner, Julianna Barwick, and Beirut’s Zach Condon, and Dessner himself.”
More music to love: