This site too slow? Try a mirror  --  Subscribe to the Guide  --  Find artist:
the Ectophiles' Guide: * Guide Home* What's new* * Alphabetical* Genre* Commentator* Location* Random artist* Search* Contact the editors* Credits

Sharon Van Etten


Country of origin:

U.S.

Type of music generally:

Indie folk, folk/rock

Status:

Most recent release, I Don't Want to Let You Down (EP, 2015); most recent full-length release, Are We There (2014)

See also:

Sharon Van Etten's site

Wikipedia's entry on Sharon Van Etten

Sharon Van Etten's Facebook page

Comparisons:

Rachel Taylor Brown, Marissa Nadler. Last.fm lists Angel Olsen, Courtney Barnett, and Torres, among others.

Covers/own material:

Own

General comments:

Indie folk/rock singer-songwriter with dream pop influences, especially in her vocal delivery and on her early albums. (JoAnn Whetsell)

Recommended first album:

Epic or Are We There

Recordings:


Epic

Release info:

2010—Ba Da Bing!

Availability:

Wide

Ecto priority:

Highly recommended

Comments:

This is the only thing I've ever heard by her (she has 2 previous albums) and I'm really enchanted by it. It's a bit folky, but several songs have more of a beat that almost places her more on the beautiful-but-fierce side of the ecto spectrum. My favorite song on the EP is "Peace Signs." This is a pretty obscure reference, but I'd compare her to Rachel Taylor Brown. (trow@interbridge.com)

Folky, dreamy, a bit rocking in places, it's no wonder that this EP (7 tracks, 33 minutes) garnered national attention. It's really that good, and not quite like most stuff out there. The closest thing I can think of is Marissa Nadler crossed with Lucinda Williams, which is a really interesting combination. (JoAnn Whetsell)


Tramp

Release info:

2012—Jagjaguwar—6 56605 22012 3

Availability:

Wide

Ecto priority:

Highly recommended

Group members:

Sharon Van Etten—vocals, guitar, harmonium, ukulele, organ

Guest artists:

Aaron Brooking Dessner—guitars, bass, keys, drums, slide guitar, electric guitar, drum machine, piano, shakers, guitar feedback, glockenspiel, percussion
Matt Barrick—drums
Bryce Dessner—ebo guitar, bowed guitar
Thomas Bartlett—keys (3, 12), Rhodes (6), piano (8, 10)
Jenn Wasner—vocals (3, 6)
Julianna Barwick—vocals (4, 11)
Rob Moose—violin (5, 8, 12), mandolin (5), orchestration (5), viola (8)
Logan Coale—double bass
Doug Keith—bass (6), guitar (7)
Bryan Devendorf—drums (7, 8, 10)
Benjamin Lanz—trombone (7, 11)
Zach Condon—vocals (8, 9)
Clarice Jensen—cello (8, 12)
Ben Lord—drums (11)

Produced by:

Aaron Brooking Dessner

Comments:

Tramp builds on Epic, still dreamy but with more indie rock. If you like the single "Serpents" you should like the album. (JoAnn Whetsell)

Are We There

Release info:

2014—Jagjaguwar

Availability:

Wide

Ecto priority:

Highly recommended

Comments:

This is an excellent album, a huge step forward from Tramp, which is a great album in its own right. But Are We There is solid throughout, and cohesive as an album with no bad or even mediocre tracks. It also feels stronger (not as in better but as in the sound being more forceful), more indie rock with the folk and dream pop still there as influences. "Your Love Is Killing Me" is surely one of the standout songs of her career, but all the tracks are of such high quality it's hard to pick favorites. Very highly recommended. (JoAnn Whetsell)

A treasured release. One of the best albums of the year. (christina_skov@hotmail.com)


I Don't Want to Let You Down

Release info:

2015—Jagjaguwar

Availability:

Wide

Ecto priority:

Highly recommended

Comments:

Another excellent release, brighter in sound than Are We There. (JoAnn Whetsell)

One of the best EPs of the year. (mixplusik@gmail.com)


Thanks to JoAnn Whetsell for work on this entry.

Why the ads?


V

31 entries

Click the bullet for speed (drop the menu) or the name for convenience (keep the menu)


>
Various Artists: Auralgasms - the beat of dis-content

>
Various Artists: Bi The People

>
Various Artists - Going Driftless: An Artist's Tribute to Greg Brown

>
Various Artists: The Imagined Village

>
Various Artists - New Arrivals Volume 2: Artists Against Hunger & Poverty

>
Various Artists: This Bird Has Flown: A 40th Anniversary Tribute to the Beatles' Rubber Soul

>
Various Artists: Time and Love

>
Various Artists: Undiscovered Gems

>
Vajra

>
Sharon Van Etten

>
Värttinä

>
Vas

>
Colin Vearncombe (see Black)

>
Suzanne Vega

>
Laura Veirs

>
Velvet Belly

>
The Velvet Janes

>
Noe Venable

>
Venus Hum

>
Nan Vernon

>
Versailles

>
Gina Villalobos

>
Violet Indiana

>
Jenn Vix

>
Susan Voelz

>
Voices on the Verge

>
Volary

>
Elisabeth von Trapp

>
Ana Voog

>
Julia Vorontsova

>
Vostok Lake


0 - 9 A B C D E F
G H I J K L M N
O P Q R S T U V
W X Y Z
the Ectophiles' Guide: * Guide Home* What's new* * Alphabetical* Genre* Commentator* Location* Random artist* Search* Contact the editors* Credits

DISCLAIMER: Comments and reviews in the Ectophiles' Guide are excerpted from the ecto mailing list or volunteered by members of the list. They are the opinions of music enthusiasts, not professional music critics.

Entry last updated 2016-04-10 16:14:10.
Please request permission if you wish to
reproduce any of the comments in the
Ectophiles' Guide in any context.

The Ectophiles' Guide to Good Music is copyright © 1996-2004 by the editors.
Individual comments are copyright © by their authors.
Web site design and programming copyright © 1998-2004 usrbin design + programming.
All rights reserved.