Sharon Van Etten and Joshua Homme (Queens of the Stone Age) have collaborated on a cover of Nick Lowe’s “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding?.” Today. they have shared the song’s video, directed by Matthew Daniel Siskin. Filmed in quarantine, it features heartening clips of Van Etten and Homme with their families, as well as glimpses of Nick Lowe and Zach Dawes.
“I went to a Courtney Barnett Valentine’s Day concert that Sharon Van Etten was playing as one of a veritable buffet of musicians. She opened her mouth and my mind exploded—that voice, like fresh cream… with a hint of fine grit. When a week later the opportunity arose to sing with her, I jumped at it. This was of course before we had any idea that the world would be going into hiding for months. Recording this song had nothing to do with what we’d be going through… until we started going through it. In these times, it’s a blessing to feel lucky even for a moment… and I feel lucky to have been able to work with Sharon, Zach Dawes, Michael Shuman, Matthew Siskin and our families.
When you’re shooting at home you start out shooting only what you love. Then you get tired and stop. This video doesn’t deal with anything outside of what’s happening within its own little world we created — only what’s happening inside two households connected by what they love the most, nothing more.”
Additionally, Van Etten’s debut album, because i was in love, has an upcoming anniversary later this month. To celebrate, Van Etten will live stream a performance of the album in its entirety from her home in Los Angeles next Friday, May 29th at 2pm PST / 5pm EST. Tickets are on sale now. A portion of the concert’s proceeds will benefit Sharon’s band and crew as well as the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA), which is working to secure financial support to preserve the national ecosystem of independent venues and promoters. “I wrote my debut album, because i was in love, in a sort of self imposed quarantine- alone with an acoustic guitar in my parents basement,” says Van Etten. “With the album’s anniversary approaching and most of us still in a stay at home mode, I thought it would be meaningful to play the entire album live, from start to finish, in the way it was conceived- solo, with only my acoustic guitar.”