Check out the new Video from Sharon Van Etten – Your Love Is Killing Me
Sharon Van Etten “Your Love Is Killing Me” from new album ‘Are We There‘ out now worldwide on Jagjaguwar
After moving back home to New Jersey and working at Perryville Wine and Spirits, Van Etten saved up enough money to move toBrooklyn, New York in 2005, where she was encouraged by Kyp Malone of TV on the Radio to pursue a career in music. Malone said she’d approached him at one of his shows and gave him a CD-R of her songs. Van Etten was friends with Malone’s brother, Colin, in high school. Malone normally doesn’t listen to fan submissions, but “he put Van Etten’s album on and fell in love. ‘She’s been silencing rooms in drunken bars for a long time,’ Malone says. ‘Really very arresting. She just sends me.'” Malone ended up playing Van Etten on his Guest DJ set for NPR‘s All Songs Considered.
Van Etten released a number of hand-designed and self-released recordings prior to her debut studio recording. These were hand-painted designs she would sell on her website, as well as postcards, and sometimes t-shirts. She also worked as a publicist at Ba Da Bing Records in order to learn how the music industry worked, but didn’t tell them that she was writing and performing music. She got the job via a friend, Alicia Savoy, who she went to college with in Tennessee. She started out as an intern and worked her way up to being a full-time publicist.
Van Etten said that Jeffrey Davison, a deejay on WFMU who has a show called “Shrunken Planet,” was the first person to play one of her homemade CDs on his show. Van Etten has become close to Davison and his wife, who have her over for record listening evenings.
May 2014 brought about the release of Van Etten’s fourth record, Are We There on Jagjaguwar. Van Etten self-produced the record withStewart Lerman. The record includes Torres‘ Mackenzie Scott, Shearwater‘s Jonathan Meiburg, Lower Dens‘ Jana Hunter and Efterklangaffiliate Peter Broderick. Van Etten said some of the instruments in the recording of the album were used by John Lennon and Patti Smith. The album was recorded at Hobo Sound Studios in Weehawken, New Jersey and at Electric Lady Studios in New York City