Sharon Van Etten: ‘I’m less censored every time I do a record’

Singer-songwriter tells NME about her growth as an artist and why she ditched big name collaborators for new record

Sharon Van Etten has said she feels “less censored” about making music with each and every album she makes.

The US singer-songwriter will release her new album ‘Are We There’ on May 26 and speaks about her growth in this week’s NME, on newsstands now and also available digitally.

Talking about how new song ‘Your Love Is Killing Me’ “winds her” every time she sings it, Van Etten says it doesn’t matter so much as she is learning how to cope. “I’m less censored every time I do a record,” she says. “I’m like, ‘I think this is OK. I don’t think I’m freaking out. The only one I’m freaking out is me.’ This is really intense stuff to write and sing about.”


Van Etten also discusses how working with members of The National, Beirut and The Walkmen on her 2012 album ‘Tramp’ made her paranoid people only cared about her because of her connections, not her music.

She admitted: “It made me ask questions about why I’m doing this. That’s why, for this new record, I wanted to produce it myself, with my friends. I’m more confident.”

Sharon Van Etten plays a one-off UK show at London’s KOKO on June 5, and will play Green Man Festival in August. Scroll down for the ‘Are We There’ tracklisting.

The ‘Are We There’ tracklisting is:

‘Afraid of Nothing’
‘Taking Chances’
‘Your Love Is Killing Me’
‘Our Love’
‘I Love You But I’m Lost’
‘You Know Me Well’
‘Break Me’
‘Nothing Will Change’
‘I Know’
‘Every Time The Sun Comes Up’

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