Tag Archive for 'Sharon Van Etten'

April 2013

April 2013 from almostaghost on 8tracks Radio.

New music. This mix was tough actually, hard to find a good order for it. Strange songs in there, but also some super terrific ones. 2013 has had a lot of great new music!

- almostaghost

Life In Mixtape Form #80

Life In Mixtape Form #80 from almostaghost on 8tracks Radio.

A mix of songs for the post-holidays life.

- almostaghost

Dreamsicle Bomb – Best Songs Of 2012

Dreamsicle Bomb – Best Of 2012 from almostaghost on 8tracks Radio.

Here’s a mix of some of my favorite 2012 songs. A lot of overlap with my top album list, obviously, but there’s some other things too.

Also I’ll note, I’m pretty sure Big Boi’s album would have made my list and near the top, it’s awesome, but it didn’t come out in time. Artists, release your albums before mid-December, thanks.

Anyway, year over, now it’s 2013.

- almostaghost

AlmostAGhost’s Top Albums Of 2012: #1. Sharon Van Etten – Tramp

biting my lip as confidence is speaking to me

biting my lip as confidence is speaking to me

Tramp is the album that I listened to the most all year long, the album I kept turning back to, woke up with it in my head, wanted to hear it again and again. Sharon Van Etten has expanded her palette a bit, using more electric guitar and intensity, but still maintaining her beautiful hypnotic melodies.

The songs hit on a lot of emotion, in a very conversational lyric tone–that’s her style–but instead of feeling extremely personal, that conversation invites you into the songs and moments. As great as her voice is, I think this is her talent. Her words have some wordplay and cleverness, so it’s not just pure emoting, but still many times it sounds as if she’s just talking to herself. But instead of feeling like eavesdropping on someone, it feels real, a mirror, a landscape. The conversation goes all over from frustration to humor and sadness to confusion and clarity, and often all in the same song.

I lived with this album for most of the year and it impressed me more than any other in 2012.

Sharon Van Etten “We Are Fine”

Sharon Van Etten “Leonard”

- almostaghost

March 2012

March 2012 from almostaghost on 8tracks.

I know what you’re thinking: “this music I listen to is so boring, why am I so uncool?” Well listen to this and everything will change! All new music from 2012 that I like–the year started slow but exciting stuff is starting to come out.

- almostaghost

Concert Review – Sharon Van Etten and The War On Drugs – March 20 2012 Hollywood, CA

A few days back, I went to see Sharon Van Etten and The War On Drugs concert at the Avalon in Hollywood. A strange combo! But I am a fan of both, and was excited.

The War On Drugs, who put out one of my favorite albums last year, opened. I saw them headline five months ago at a smaller venue, which was fun. But I think their sound fit this slightly bigger venue a little better. But their momentum, tight on record, is given more expanse on the stage. More specifically, that means a bit more jamming, longer ambient build-ups, phatter bass.

To be honest, I cannot decide if their groove is derivative, or unique. A fine line, I guess! In the end, it does not matter. But original or not, I really enjoyed their noisy, groovy set, once again. And if they come back again in five months… I’m sure I’ll enjoy it then too. Here’s a song from the excellent Slave Ambient:

The War On Drugs “Brothers”

Sharon Van Etten, who, on the other hand, I last saw at a MUCH bigger venue (opening for The National), was impressive as well. She has a somewhat goofy, self-deprecatory stage presence, which was a little surprising considering sad, emotional songs make up the core of her catalog. Fortunately, this presence does not get in the way of the songs. She can switch focus and deliver a jaw-dropping performance like it ain’t no thing, even after awkwardly talking to the person in the front row (PS. we in the back had no idea what you were saying). Musically, I enjoyed her ability to pull off some of her slower, more drone-like pieces; and her band was also skilled enough to jump on faster ones too.

I did find myself wishing for a couple of songs where she just played acoustic guitar alone. Her first demo recordings are basically just that, and are so beautiful. But the new stuff has opened her up to a much wider palette, and for someone with such a great voice and such great songs, that’s nothing but a good thing.

Sharon Van Etten “Love More”

- almostaghost

Btrxz’s Haiku Reviews of 2010 Or Things We Over Look (in no particular order 5/18)

Artist: Sharon Von Etten

Title: Epic

Label: Ba Da Bing

Country: US, Brooklyn, NY

Genre: Ambient, Folk, Indie

Date: 9-21-10

Sharon Von Etten- Epic

Peace and sorrow live

A voice is found deep in lose

Embracing gentleness

Peace Sign

- Btrxz