Produced by John Congleton, the new effort sees Van Etten experimenting with darkened percussion sounds, before it eventually expands to show off vibrant synths and keys.
She said of the track: “‘Beaten Down’ is about love, patience and empathy.
“It’s about making life-changing choices and remaining strong enough to see them through.”
The video was also directed by Nicky and Juliana Giraffe at Giraffe Studios and sees Van Etten heading out into the desert.
“Our goal was to create a striking and psychedelic video set in the California desert, a welcoming of Sharon’s next chapter here,” explains Nicky and Juliana Giraffe. “Upon hearing the song, our minds automatically drifted into stark black and white, fever dreams, dark silhouettes contrasted against a barren desert landscape.
“Our intention was to give Sharon’s song and performance space to breathe and echo. It was important to us that the dancers were strongly connected and we’re so lucky to have worked with the talented Huber Twins on this project.”
Van Etten has released sporadic tracks since ‘Remind Me Tomorrow’, including a cover of festive classic ‘Silent Night’ back in December.
She also teamed up with Jeff Goldblum for a rendition of ‘Let’s Face The Music And Dance’, which appeared on the film star’s record ‘I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This’, a jazz album recorded with the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra.
Meanwhile, back in September, Van Etten was the subject of a short documentary released by Amazon Music, which on a recording session held on the musician’s last day living in New York City.
“I moved to New York about 15 years ago,” Van Etten says in a clip shared on the singer’s social media. “That’s longer than I’ve lived anywhere and I’m trying not it let to get to me too much because I am sentimental.”