Since her official debut in 2009, the intimately heartbreaking "Because I Was In Love", she's been whetting her indie credentials, collaborating with the likes of The Antlers and The National. Given her efforts at expansion (both in instrumentation and style) on her followup, 2010's "Epic", it's no surprise that her reputation has been growing as well.
Van Etten's third official release, "Tramp", came out just this past February. Produced by Aaron Dessner (The National), this eleven-track collection has a title that describes its genesis well--Van Etten spent fourteen months sleeping on couches and living out of her car while writing and recording "Tramp". The result is transfixing. Van Etten still sings of heartbreak, lost chances, and first kisses in this release, but the overall feel of the release is one of triumph. Van Etten's luminous alto, dynamic instrumentation, and indie-star collaborators (Beirut's Zach Codon, Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner, and The Walkmen’s Matt Barrick) make "Tramp" an expressive and masterful release.
LIFE OF HIS OWN
Recent Release: Tramp
Release Date: February 7, 2012
Band Origin: Brooklyn, New York