Beginning life as small melodies conceived on piano or ukulele, the songs were built upon by the entire band in the studio before Condon’s paring down and retrofitting.
The results sound like they were recorded in a single session, with exciting rhythms matching the upbeat horns and contrasting the mournful strings.
Despite the best efforts of an ex-boyfriend to keep her out of sight, Sharon Van Etten is coming into view.
Even before you hear her latest album, it’s clear from the cover that she, like her songwriting, is gaining confidence. Rewind seven years and Van Etten was living off-radar in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
The performances of the band—Perrin Cloutier on accordion, Paul Collins on bass, Ben Lanz on trombone, Nick Petree on drums and Kelly Pratt on horns—are spot-on.