March 26, 2012 – 4:25 am

Just don’t expect it to change anything.

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Philadelphia 2012 [no label, 1CD]

WXPN World Cafe Live, Philadelphia; February 10, 2012. A national public radio webstream. Ex webstream stereo.

A new singer-songwriter on the horizon, Sharon Van Etten’s third album, Tramp, has brought her some attention in the indie press. America’s National Public Radio had her as a featured artist in February. This performance was broadcast on the NPR webstream. NPR praised Van Etten:

“Her songs are heartfelt without being overly earnest; her poetry is plainspoken but not overt, and her elegant voice is wrapped in enough rasp and sorrow to keep from sounding too pure or confident.”

Faint praise indeed. But she is overtly pessimistic. Don’t expect Pete Seeger optimism or Bruce Springsteen exuberance. Van Etten is of her generation. The strangled guitar, the drone-like martial beat, the atonal vocals all point to a generation in stasis. Can’t move forward, can’t move backwards. Stuck in the middle. Her motto seems to be the lyrics of All I Can.

“My memory steals
every moment I can feel
what will it take
we all make mistakes”

What’s troubling this generation? There are plenty of causes to fight for but why aren’t the young imbued with optimism? Listen to this to get some clues. Naval gazers? Alcoholic shoppers? Wannabe rock stars? Don’t expect Pitchfork to throw up any new ideas. They are no Rolling Stone.

- The Little Chicken

Picture by John Bartol, posted at Thanks!

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Track 01. Intro (2.6MB)
Track 02. Warsaw (4.2MB)
Track 03. Serpents (6.3MB)
Track 04. Give Out (8.6MB)
Track 05. Kevin’s (7.8MB)
Track 06. Leonard (8.1MB)
Track 07. In Line (9.0MB)
Track 08. All I Can (10.8MB)
Track 09. Joke Or A Lie (8.3MB)

The studio version of the above songs can be found on her album, Tramp.

Sharon Van Etten - vocals, guitar
Doug Keith - bass
Heather Broderick - vocals, keyboards
Zeke Hutchins - drums

Tramp is Sharon Van Etten’s third album. Buy it here.

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  1. 2 Responses to “BRAND NEW FOLK”

  2. Sweet! ‘Tramp’ is my favorite record of the year so far.

    By deamous on Mar 28, 2012

  3. I like the lyrics of Sharon Van Etten’s “All I Can.” She is a very good singer. Kudos! I believe the album, Tramp, will be successful!

    By Noel Maurice on Apr 6, 2012

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