Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Sharon Van Etten Releasing 'Tramp' Deluxe Edition, Will Steal Your Heart with This Unreleased Demo

Photo by Shervin Lainez

On November 13th, Jagjaguwar will release a deluxe edition of Sharon Van Etten's stellar 2012 album Tramp. Along with the original release, the deluxe edition features demo versions of every album track along with the previously unreleased bonus track, “Tell Me.”

A mark of any truly great songwriter is his or her ability to capture a listener's attention with hardly any instrumentation -- and that's just what Van Etten does with "Tell Me." To say her voice is hauntingly beautiful would be like saying the winter is cold. There's a story in her inflection as much as their is a story in her lyrics. She sings with a sort of plaintive tone that manages to defy the weight of melancholy thanks to her brilliantly sweet tone, one that carves beautiful moments out of loss and heartbreak. It's just another piece of evidence that Sharon Van Etten is one of this generation's greatest songwriters.

Well, how about that? You know what's also really good? This live version from a 2010 KEXP session that sees "Tell Me" become a full band affair.

Upcoming Tour Dates

Thu 10/25/12 Washington, DC - 930 Club
Fri 10/26/12 Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle
Sat 10/27/12 Atlanta, GA - Terminal West
Sun 10/28/12 Orlando, FL - The Social
Tue 10/30/12 Tallahassee, FL - Club Downunder at FSU
Thu 11/01/12 Houston, TX - Fitzgeralds
Fri 11/02/12 Austin, TX - Fun Fun Fun Festival
Sat 11/03/12 Dallas, TX - Trees
Sun 11/04/12 Memphis, TN - Hi Tone
Mon 11/05/12 St. Louis, MO - Firebird
Wed 11/07/12 Chicago, IL - Metro
Thu 11/08/12 Cincinnati, OH - Taft Ballroom
Fri 11/09/12 Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom
Sat 11/10/12 South Burlington, VT - Higher Ground
Sun 11/11/12 Boston, MA - Paradise

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