Track of the Day: Sharon Van Etten - "Taking Chances"

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As seen here last week, Sharon Van Etten has a new album, Are We There, out this May via Jagjaguwar. "Taking Chances" is the first single and it's a beauty. While we've gotten used to hearing SVE work her garage magic on Epic and Tramp, this track begins in a new way. A smooth-thumping bass line, which sounds like it was pulled from an R&B track, opens as a few keyboard blips sparkle around before the guitar line comes in. With plenty of woodblock percussion, SVE croons the lyrics. The chorus brings the fuzzy guitar, but like Jolie Holland's latest take, it looks like some of our best singer-songwriters are beginning to mine the soul and R&B mine not unlike Cat Power's The Greatest.  The highlight of the track is the short bridge where SVE lets her voice soar opening up the slick rhythm of the track with melodic verve. The instrumentation here is varied and wonderfully surprising and looks like even though SVE might be taking some chances, she's also hitting it out of the park at the same time.

Be sure to check her out on tour this spring/summer including stops at P4K and Sasquatch:

Thu. May 8 - Northampton, MA @ Iron Horse Music Hall
Fri. May 9 - Hudson, NY @ Helsinki Hudson
Sat. May 10 - Providence, RI @ Columbus Theatre
Sun. May 11 - Hamden, CT @ Ballroom at the Outer Space
Sun. May 25 - Brussels, BE @ Botanique Grand Salon (Nuits Botanique)
Wed. May 28 - Paris, FR @ Café de la Danse
Fri. May 30 - Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound
Sun. June 1 - Koln, DE @ Studio 672
Mon. June 2 - Berlin, DE @ Privatclub
Tue. June 3 - Amsterdam, NL @ Bitterzoet
Thu. June 5 - London, UK @ KOKO

Wed. June 11 - Boston, MA @ Sinclair
Thu. June 12 - Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall at Williamsburg (Northside Festival)
Fri. June 13 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
Sat. June 14 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
Tue. June 17 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
Wed. June 18 - Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
Thu. June 19 - Millvale, PA @ Mr. Small's
Fri. June 20 - Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
Sat. June 21 - Nashville, TN @ Exit In
Tue. June 24 - Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
Wed. June 25 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
Sat. June 28 - Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre
Sun. June 29 - San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
Mon. June 30 - San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
Wed. July 2 - Portland, OR @ Doug Fir
Thu. July 3 - Portland, OR @ Doug Fir
Sat. July 5 - George, WA @ Sasquatch Festival
Sun. July 6 - Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre
Tue. July 8 - Calgary, AB @ Republik
Wed. July 9 - Edmonton, AB @ Starlite Room
Mon. July 14 - Fargo, ND @ Aquarium
Wed. July 16 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
Thu. July 17 - Madison, WI @ University of Wisconsin
Fri. July 18 - Chicago, IL @ Pitchfork Music Festival


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