Sharon Van Etten’s name had been floating on the periphery of my awareness for a while, when I finally wised up and downloaded her latest EP from emusic (using my friend AMA’s account. Thanks! Hope Mexico is fun!). It’s quickly become part of my heavy rotation.
I missed her Portland show last Friday with Junip, even after learning that her bass player and I went to high school together. But I’ve been forcing everyone who gets in the car with me or comes over to listen to this stellar EP.
This little woman has a big, arresting voice that’s part Cat Power, part Beth Orton with a retro sort of throw-back element that leaves me feeling like I’ve heard these songs before –when really, they’re just sort of timeless and great.