Artist of the Week: Sharon van Etten


17 February 2015

While Sharon van Etten was born and raised on the Eastern seaboard of the US, her music more often than not speaks of the Midwest with a set of heavy harmonies. Visually she is a descendent of Patti Smith and Tom Petty, but her music shows more of a likeness to contemporaries such as Timber Timbre, the Americana of Kurt Vile and the War on Drugs but with more of a garage rock feel.

Encouraged musically from an early age, van Etten would delve into her parents’ extensive record collection, before eventually singing in her church choir. Originally encouraged to pursue a music career by Kyp Malone of TV On The Radio, van Etten’s 2014 album Are We There was her fourth full-length since her debut in 2009, and was well-received critically.

Sharon van Etten plays the Trinity Centre in Bristol on 21 April.

Conal Dougan