Folk-forward and vocally spellbinding, Sharon Van Etten and her veteran sounds pierce sound clouds again with her latest single “Serpents,” off her new album Tramp, out February 7 on Jagjaguwar. The East Coaster in limbo has grown her cult following since her early days in 2008. Lyrically arresting, “Serpents” is a fresh change up of acoustics and drums, delivering a bold melody with sharp pitches.Van Etten has a precocious reputation, an intellectual entourage of music highbrows, and a consistent projection of unfiltered traditions in exploiting the full gamut of folk classifications.
Staining love dark, Tramp, produced by Aaron Dessner (The National) harps on sessions of lovesick torment and listless romance. The album, laboriously pieced together, includes collaborators Aaron Dessner, Thomas Bartlett, Matt Barrick, Zach Condon, Jenn Wasner and Julianna Barwick. A variety of tracks takes listeners on vocal dips and gasps as the indie folk rocker inflicts rhythmic emotion into storytelling. Tapping the moodiness of Bon Iver and the melancholic hymns of Cat Power, Van Etten laces up her boots and sashays through versus on voids and villains in her latest creation. Her 2012 album tour floods North America beginning early February.