Published Jan 16, 2014Having recently joked around with J Mascis by playing dress-up as John Denver, Brooklyn singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten has returned her focus to more serious business — namely, a new album, which will be out this spring.
The record is called Are We There?, and NME [via Stereogum/Twitter user Al Horner] reports that it will drop in May. The album was recorded in Weehawken, NJ, and at the storied Electric Lady Studio in New York. Guests include Shearwater leader Jonathan Meiburg, Lower Dens vocalist Jana Hunter, harpist Mary Lattimore and Efterklang touring member Peter Broderick. Throughout, Van Etten is backed by her core band.
She said of the album, "My writing's getting better and the arrangements are getting weirder, in a good way." There are apparently some R&B-influenced tracks.
Song titles include "Afraid of Nothing," "Break Me," "Your Love Is Killing Me" and "Tarifa," while the thematic focus is on her on-off relationship of the past eight years and "how beautiful it's been, and what a struggle it's been." The title alludes to how home "has been everywhere" is recently years.
Fan blog F Yeah! Sahron Van Etten additionally notes that Dave Harley and Adam Granduciel of the War on Drugs will appear.
Are We There? will be the follow-up to 2012's Tramp.
Read our recent interview with Van Etten here.