Sharon Van Etten Confirms ‘Are We There’ 10th Anniversary Celebration

With a new vinyl edition...

Sharon Van Etten is set to celebrate the 10th anniversary of her album ‘Are We There’.

The American artist’s 2012 album ‘Tramp’ became a breakout moment, with 2014 record ‘Are We There’ underlining the strength of her songwriting majesty. A wonderful record – CLASH gave it 9/10 in a superlative-strewn review at the time – it remains one of her finest moments, a work of bravura strength and emotion.

Remarkably, ‘Are We There’ turns 10 this year. Out on May 31st, a new ‘Are We There (Anniversary Edition)’ is being prepped, available in standard black, grey, and silver tri-colour split vinyl.

Alongside this, a seven inch has been lined up, featuring a version of ‘Every Time The Sun Comes Up’ recorded live at the Sydney Opera House in Australia – this stand-alone release is out on August 23rd.

Order the anniversary edition of ‘Are We There’ online now.

Commenting on the anniversary, Sharon Van Etten explains:

The whole time I was making ‘Are We There’, I was commuting to Hobo Sound from an apartment in the city, and I took a train to the bus station and walked from the Lincoln tunnel to the studio in Weehawken, NJ. Making this record, my bandmates (Doug Keith, Heather Woods Broderick, and Zeke Hutchins) quickly became my family, and I realised I sought refuge in the studio. It was where I felt nurtured. It felt like home.

I was able to find myself and I feel like that vulnerability and strength was captured through the collaborations on this album. The name of this album represents, for me, a place I departed from but with an acknowledgment that I haven’t yet arrived.

Speaking to CLASH in 2014, shortly after the record’s release, Sharon Van Etten commented:

I think of songs like old pictures that you might have had taken with an old friend. You might not see that friend for a long time, but you see the picture and you’re right back in that moment. It might be five, maybe 10 years later, but you might see the photo and get a little bit of a pain. But for the most part you don’t – although you definitely remember. So I feel the emotions in the songs, even if they’re years old. They meant something to me then, and they do now, which is a good thing.

Re-visit that feature in our archive.

Photo Credit: Dusdin Condren, 2014

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