CONFIRMS ONE-OFF LONDON SHOW
FOR 13th FEBRUARY
“I can’t recall hearing anything more beautiful in all my life” Robin Hill, NPR
“I’ve fallen hopelessly in love with Sharon Van Etten” Tom Ravenscroft, NME
“a beauty that accomplishes in just five minutes what most songwriters fail to find in years of trying” Fader
“beautifully ponderous” Loud & Quiet
“a compelling new voice” Mojo
“Van Etten stands alone… Even at it’s bleakest, there is something redemptive about Van Etten’s songs” The Times
Sharon Van Etten’s Epic (Ba Da Bing!) released late 2010, is Van Etten’s second album. It lays a romantic melancholy lining over the gravel and dirt of heartbreak, without one honest thought or feeling spared. She sings of betrayal, obsession, egotism and all the other emotions we hate in others and recognize in ourselves. Yet, Van Etten’s grounded and clenched vocals convey the sense of hope – the notion that beauty can come out of the worst of circumstances. Epic is indeed that beauty.
She will be heading to our shores for a one-off show at London’s Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen on 13th February. Doors are at 7.00pm and tickets are priced £7.00.
Sharon Van Etten came to Brooklyn via Jersey, via Tennessee, via Jersey. Along the way, she sang in choirs, rejected her school’s music program, worked at an all-ages venue, trained as a sommelier, and got a full time job at a record label. She also had some bad experiences in relationships.
A few things need to be made clear about SVE’s music. She’s not the type of “female singer/songwriter” who champions women-centric perspectives and denies personal accountability. Nor is she a strident provocateur. Rather, Van Etten is a performer who fully embraces her femininity while confidently expressing it through intelligent and mature perspectives on relationships. Those turned off by the provincialism of other performers will be pleased that you can identify with Van Etten’s incisive and universal observations about love and loss.
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