Wednesday, April 15, 2009

because I was in love...

There's a softly beguiling and mysterious nature to Sharon Van Etten's songs, which is strange, because her lyrics and arrangements are stripped bare, exposed, and highly intimate. Van Etten let's you into her bedroom here, and the melancholy beauty of her songs is instantly arresting. Brooklyn-based, but Tennessee-raised, Van Etten is releasing her debut record because I was in love on May 9 via Language of Stone. Her guitar playing is dusty in the just right way, which perfectly compliments her crystalline voice. Sharon Van Etten is clearly one of the best newcomers on the folk scene today. Yet, it's cheap to categorize by genre. The loveliness of this record, both sonically and lyrically, transcends categorization to the point where it becomes just great music. See the cover art and tour dates (including dates w/ Beirut) after the jump.

because I was in love - May 9

Apr 19 2009 Spike Hill w/ Spider, Aerial East, Noa Babayof (from Israel) BROOKLYN
Apr 20 2009 Zebulon Friends and Family Night Brooklyn, New York
May 8 2009 The Forum w/ BEIRUT London and South East

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