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Have Some Heartbreak with Your Coffee: Here's Sharon Van Etten's New Song "Just Like Blood"

She's got a new EP coming out and this is a song for the golden hour of our romantic discontent.

by Kim Taylor Bennett
May 8 2015, 2:34pm

You know what's funny? Van Etten could be singing about flowers and Care Bears and I'd probably still think she'd written a paean to her 23-year-old lover who met an untimely, violent end, plunging off the cliffs of Big Sur, as the sun set. That's just the kind of emotion her gorgeously world-weary tones evoke. Van Etten has a new EP coming out on 6.9 called I Don't Want Let You Down via Jagajaguwar, and this new tune, "Just Like Blood," is a gold-spun teaser of a tune from said EP. As it goes, she is not singing about Cabbage Patch Kids. Shit's a lot more existential than that. She's asking big questions and oof! those horns, that piano line, the quivering organ—is it an organ?—all collude to create a plushly melancholic, sexually intimate song for the golden hour of our romantic discontent. Like a honey dipped Cat Power, Van Etten is a wonder in the ears.

Sharon Van Etten Tour Dates

Fri. May 22 — Boston, MA @ Boston Calling Music Festival
Mon. May 25 — George, WA @ Sasquatch Music Festival
Sat. June 6 — New York, NY @ The Governors Ball Music Festival
Thu. June 11 — Rio de Janeiro, Brazil @ Imperator
Fri. June 12 — São Paulo, Brazil @ Beco 203
Sat. June 13 — Buenos Aires, Argentina @ Niceto Club
Sun. June 14 — Santiago, Chile @ Ex Oz
Wed. June 24 - Sun. June 28 – Somerset, UK @ Glastonbury Festival
Sun. June 28 – Bialystok, PL @ Halfway Festival