Sharon Van Etten on sorrowful songs, the Tramp life, and nerds
Sharon Van Etten knows all about the vagabond lifestyle. Van Etten’s roamed from New Jersey to Nashville, back north to Jersey and on to Brooklyn, all while honing her craft and working at a venue and music PR company. Her travels and collection of oddly appropriate jobs have served the singer-songwriter well, enriching Van Etten’s songwriting in surprising ways.
While Van Etten’s known for her gritty vocals, sparse melodies, and sad — like, really sad — lately her voice has grown from a saddened murmur to a spirited cry. We recently spoke with Van Etten about how she wrote and recorded the material on her latest, Tramp, why she’s finally put down roots, and how she’s reluctant, but willing, to become a role model.