SHARON VAN ETTEN
Confirms UK Dates for May
including BIGGEST LONDON SHOW TO DATE
plus NEW SINGLE Leonard
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WATCH her EXCLUSIVE performance for La Blogotheque
 “this isn’t just her finest album, but one of the early 2012’s" 9/10 NME
                                   
“an arresting record for challenging times” **** Q Magazine
 
"One of the must hears of early 2012" **** Observer
 
“One of the first indisputable masterpieces of 2012”**** Sunday Times
 
“a graceful, distinctive album” **** Uncut
 
**** Mojo
 
Taken from her 3rd album ‘Tramp’ (OUT NOW via Jagjaguwar) Sharon Van Etten, releases her brand new single on digital and 7” formats. ‘Leonard’ will be b/w ‘Life of His Own’, a brand new track exclusive to this release.
 
Sharon will be performing an in-store at Rough Trade East on 29th February - where ‘Tramp’ is album of the month, - as well as a sold out show at London’s CARGO on 1st March. She has now confirmed a UK tour in May, which includes her biggest headline show to date at London’s Scala on 16th May. 
 
29-Feb UK London Rough Trade East
01-Mar UK London Cargo
16-May UK London The Scala
17-May UK Manchester The Deaf Institute
18-May IRE Dublin Whelans
20-May UK Leeds Brudenell Social Club 0113 2455570
21-May UK Brighton Komedia 01273 647100
 
Sharon is also one of the EARLY confirmations for ATP's Nightmare before Christmas (December 7th-9th 2012), as curated by The National. 
 

 
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“Tramp is a spectacular album in that it manages to be both epic and intimate at the same time” The Girls Are
 
"If Epic was a hidden treasure, Tramp feels like Sharon Van Etten’s career-defining album. It’s a wonderful record, a colossal achievement, and features some of the most breathtaking, moving and downright beautiful music you’ll hear all year." Drowned in Sound
 
“further listening revealing moments of standalone fury and beauty of the kind that has always been present in her work.” BBC
 
“Achingly tender, and unerringly true, the American singer’s voice is the sort that seeps into your soul and stays there” The Sun
 
 “An album of introverted Mazzy Starr – inflected charm” The Fly
 
“Tramp’ is that rare thing – an album that is consistently arresting” Loud & Quiet

 “….Van Etten has created a stunning piece of work. It is an album full of passion, beauty, talent and fantastic songs.” The 405

 “a timeless record, full of honesty and extraordinary performances. What else can we say?.” Bowlegs
 
“one of the most heartfelt and genuinely life-affirming records I’ve heard in a very long time. A career-defining triumph.” GoldflakePaint
 
 
 
SHARON VAN ETTEN
TRAMP
Release Date: 6th February 2012
Label: Jagjaguwar
 
Tracklisting:
01. Warsaw
02. Give Out
04. Kevin’s
06. In Line
07. All I Can
08. We Are Fine
09. Magic Chords
10. Ask
11. I’m Wrong
12. Joke or a Lie
 
 

 

As a follow up to 2010's epic (released on Badabing Records), Tramp showcases an artist in full control of her powers. On her Jagjaguwar debut, Van Etten's words and voice are now two parts of a more evocative whole. The shimmering sound of Tramp both defies and illuminates the unsteadiness of a life in flux. Throughout the 14 months of scattered recording sessions, Van Etten 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 the garage studio of The National's Aaron Dessner.
 
A two-year journey brought her to that point of instability. Upon the release of the intricate, understated epic, Van Etten surprised the music world with a touching embrace. Coming off the release of her spartan first effort, Because I Was In Love (2009, Language of Stone), Van Etten created a short album of diverse songs connected by a shared goal of an expanded sound and her unmistakable voice. Since epic’s release, she has opened the Pitchfork Music Festival, played The Hollywood Bowl with Neko Case and at Radio City Music Hall with The Antlers, sung on new records for Beirut and Ed Askew, and collaborated with Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and Megafaun on the Songs Of The South project.
 
After hearing Van Etten's instantly unmistakable voice early on, Dessner covered epic's "Love More" with Justin Vernon. When Van Etten found out, she contacted Dessner, and almost immediately they formed plans for working together. Dessner offered both a location for Van Etten to record new songs, as well as the opinions of a wise producer. 
 
One year later, Van Etten unveils Tramp. It contains 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 (aka Doveman), Zach Condon (Beirut), Jenn Wasner (Wye Oak), Julianna Barwick, and Dessner himself add a glowing sheen to the already substantial offering.
 
 
 
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