If you are not yet familiar with the music of Sharon Van Etten, now is a good time to jump onboard. The Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter creates a music that bathes you in emotion and seems deeply personal, all led by a voice that conveys such a melancholic beauty.
Last year’s debut album, Because I Was In Love, was easily one of the most moving records I had come across in some time, outdone only by seeing her perform those songs live. During her D.C. show at the Black Cat back in the spring, she played solo and kept mostly to songs off of Because…, but hinted at things to come. Most recently, just a week or two in advance of her latest album’s September release date, she came back to town, only this time with a full band in tow.
Before the show, I had been listening to a NYC Taper recording made of a version of her band at The Rock Shop in Park Slope, but to catch them live is something else entirely. We were lucky enough to spend some time backstage with Sharon and Cat Martino, as they played a couple of stripped down versions of songs from the new record, epic, which dropped yesterday.
Sharon Van Etten & band return to D.C. on Monday, supporting the Bowerbirds at the Black Cat.