The shimmering sound of Sharon Van Etten's Jagjaguwar debut album, 'Tramp', both defies and illuminates the unsteadiness of a life in flux.
Throughout the 14 months of scattered recording sessions, Sharon was without a home, crashing with friends and storing her possessions between varied locations. The only constant in her life during this time was spent in Aaron Dessner's (The National) garage studio.
>A two year journey brought her to that point of instability. Upon the release of 'Epic' (Ba Da Bing; 2010), Sharon surprised the music world with a touching embrace. Having established herself as a reliable performer around New York and, coming off the release of her spartan first effort, 'Because I Was In Love' (Language of Stone; 2009), Sharon created a short album of diverse songs connected by a shared goal of expanded sound and her unmistakable voice.
FFWD to 2012 and 'Tramp' showcases an artist in full control of her powers, the album containing as much striking rock as pious, minimal beauty; it can be as emotionally combative as it can sultry. Contributions from Matt Barrick (Walkmen), Thomas Bartlett (Doveman), Zach Condon (Beirut), Jenn Wasner (Wye Oak), Julianna Barwick, and Dessner himself add a glowing sheen to the already substantial offering.
Sharon has traveled far, and if her displacement took an emotional toll, she offset those setbacks with a powerfully articulated vision.
Radio Playlist 25th January 2012
Oh Ruin - Ringsend (EP)
The Great Went - That's Not There (Sheltering Sky)
The Autumn Isles - Isolation (Kaleidoscopes)
Sharon Van Etten - Give Out (Tramp)
Jona Byron - Changing Of The Hours (Red Tide)
The Solomons - False Prophets (EP)
Sharon Van Etten - I'm Wrong (Tramp)
Dead Horse One - Blackwood (Heavenly Choir Of Jet Engines -part 1)
Delta Mainline - Hope / Grace (In A World Full Of Madness, The Simple Joy Of Melody Can Pull You Through)
Pascal Finkenauer - I Wanna Be Adored (demo)
Noveller - Glacial Wave (Glacial Glow)
Sharon Van Etten - Serpents (Tramp)
Elysian Fields - Lions In The Store (Bum Raps, Love Taps)
Sleepy Sun - Wild Machines (Fever)
Sky Flying By - Hold Your Fire (Do They Still Make Lighthouses?)
Sharon Van Etten - Warsaw (Tramp)