Sharon Van Etten Releases ‘Tramp’

Sharon Van Etten is delighted to share news of Tramp, her stunning Jagjaguwar debut album, out February 7, and the follow up to last year’s epic (Ba Da Bing). Tramp showcases an artist in full control of her powers. With her third album, Van Etten’s words and voice are now two parts of a larger evocative whole.

The shimmering sound of Tramp both defies and illuminates the unsteadiness of a life in flux. Throughout the 14 months of scattered recording sessions, Van Etten was without a home — crashing with friends and storing her possessions between varied locations. The only constant in Van Etten’s life during this time was spent in the garage studio of The National’s Aaron Dessner.

A two-year journey brought her to that point of instability. Upon the release of the intricate, understated epic, Van Etten surprised the music world with a touching embrace. Coming off the release of her spartan first effort, Because I Was In Love (Language of Stone; 2009), Van Etten created a short album of diverse songs connected by a shared goal of an expanded sound and her unmistakable voice. Since epic’s release, she has opened the Pitchfork Music Festival, played The Hollywood Bowl with Neko Case and at Radio City Music Hall with The Antlers, sung on new records for Beirut and Ed Askew, and collaborated with Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and Megafaun on the Songs Of The South project.

Van Etten’s Tramp contains as much striking rock as pious, minimal beauty; it can be as emotionally combative as it can sultry. Contributions from Matt Barrick (Walkmen), Thomas Bartlett (aka Doveman), Zach Condon (Beirut), Jenn Wasner (Wye Oak), Julianna Barwick, and Dessner himself add a glowing sheen to the already substantial offering.

Van Etten will play shows with Shearwater and The War On Drugs all over North America in support of this release. A list of tour dates is below.


01. Warsaw
02. Give Out
03. Serpents
04. Kevin’s
05. Leonard
06. In Line
07. All I Can
08. We Are Fine
09. Magic Chords
10. Ask
11. I’m Wrong
12. Joke or a Lie

Tue. Dec. 13 — New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre w/ The National
Fri. Feb. 10 — Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s w/ Shearwater
Sat. Feb. 11 — Washington, DC @ Black Cat w/ Shearwater
Sun. Feb. 12 — Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle w/ Shearwater
Tue. Feb. 14 — Columbus, OH @ Wexner Center w/ Shearwater
Wed. Feb. 15 — Newport, KY @ Southgate House w/ Shearwater
Thu. Feb. 16 — Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall w/ Shearwater
Fri. Feb. 17 — Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall w/ Shearwater
Sat. Feb. 18 — Minneapolis, MN @ Cedar Cultural Center w/ Shearwater
Tue. Feb. 21 — Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace w/ Shearwater
Wed. Feb. 22 — Montreal, QC @ Il Motore w/ Shearwater
Thu. Feb. 23 — Boston, MA @ Paradise w/ Shearwater
Fri. Feb. 24 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg w/ Shearwater
Sat. Feb. 25 — New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom w/ Shearwater
Tue. March 20 — Los Angeles, CA @ The Avalon w/ The War On Drugs
Wed. March 21 — San Francisco, CA @ The Independent w/ The War On Drugs
Fri. March 23 — Portland, OR @ Aladdin Theater w/ The War On Drugs
Sat. March 24 — Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret w/ The War On Drugs
Sun. March 25 — Seattle, WA @ The Neptune
Tue. March 27 — Salt Lake City, UT @ The State Room w/ The War On Drugs
Mon. March 28 — Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater w/ The War On Drugs
Sat, March 31 — St. Louis, MO @ Luminary Center for the Arts w/ The War On Drugs
Sun. April 1 — Bloomington, IN @ Rhino’s w/ The War On Drugs


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