Published Sep 29, 2020Sharon Van Etten has teamed with Sound of Saving and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline to release a benefit single as part of National Suicide Prevention Month. For her contribution, Van Etten has shared a cover of Nine Inch Nails' "Hurt."
Alongside the cover, Van Etten has shared her own anecdotes about the strength in vulnerability in a new video interview.
"It doesn't make you a weak person for thinking about your darker times, it actually makes you stronger by being vulnerable and open and sharing who you are with the people you care about," she says in the clip.
As for her song choice, Van Etten says, "I just remember connecting to it so much but also realizing that my brother had listened to it, and we'd never really talked about any deep feelings, but we always shared music. It was my first sign that my brother was trying to connect with me on a more emotional level than just 'we're sharing music.'"
Her "Hurt" cover" follows the release of her 2019 record Remind Me Tomorrow, which made Exclaim!'s 20 Best Pop and Rock Albums of 2019. Earlier this year, Van Etten released a one-off single "Beaten Down," as well as her new song "Staring at a Mountain" for the Never Rarely Sometimes Always soundtrack.
Listen to Van Etten's "Hurt" below.