“Seventeen” originally began Lucinda Williams-esque, but wound up as more of an upbeat nod to Bruce Springsteen, exploring gentrification and generational patience. Van Etten shows the chain reaction, of moving to a city bright-eyed and hearing the elders complain about the city changing, and then being around long enough to know what they were talking about. She wrote the song semi-inter-generationally with Kate Davis, who sang on a demo version when the song was in its infancy.
“Sharon wanted to use this video to create a love letter to New York, her home for the last 15 years,” describes video director Towey. “She showed us around all her old haunts — the places that made her the musician that she is today. Some of these spots are still around, some are just empty lots now. We took an eye toward the city that was both tender and tough, trying to find the ways that a beautiful city can fall apart while still nurturing the hopes of a young artist.”
Check out the video for ‘Seventeen’ – BELOW:
Remind Me Tomorrow reckons with the life that gets lived when you put off the small and inevitable maintenance in favour of something more present. It was written while pregnant, going to school for psychology, and after taking The OA audition. Since then Van Etten guest-starred in The OA, performed in David Lynch’s revival of Twin Peaks, scored her first feature film, Dieckmann’s aforementioned Strange Weather, and the closing title song for Tig Notaro’s Tig. The range of her passion (musical, emotional, otherwise), of new careers, projects and lifelong roles, has inflected Remind Me Tomorrow with a wise sense of a warped-time perspective.
Sharon Van Etten arrives in the UK and Ireland for six live dates in the Spring, taking in The Roundhouse on the 26th March. For a full list of UK/European dates, please see below.
Sharon Van Etten Tour Dates (UK/Europe):
21st March – Birmingham @ The Mill
22nd March – Manchester @ Albert Hall
23rd March – Dublin @ Vicar Street
24th March – Glasgow @ St. Luke’s – SOLD OUT
26th March – London @ Roundhouse
27th March – Bristol @ SWX
29th March – Amsterdam @ Paradiso
30th March – Brussels @ Orangerie (at Botanique)
1st April – Paris @ La Maroquinerie
2nd April – Koln @ Luxor
3rd April – Munich @ Strom
5th April – Berlin @ Lido
6th April – Hamburg @ Grünspan
7th April – Copenhagen @ Studio 2 (DR Concert House)
9th April – Gothenburg @ Pustervik
10th April – Oslo @ Parkteatret
11th April – Stockholm @ Kagelbanen