Sharon Van Etten has unveiled the powerful and nostalgic new video for her latest single ‘Seventeen’.
Taken from her upcoming album ‘Remind Me Tomorrow‘ and following the lead tracks ‘Comeback Kid‘ and ‘Jupiter 4‘, Van Etten’s raw new song takes her sound in a more towering, Spingsteen-esque direction – with the lyrics “exploring gentrification and generational patience” to “show the chain reaction, of moving to a city bright-eyed and hearing the elders complain about the city changing, and then being around long enough to know what they were talking about”.
“Sharon wanted to use this video to create a love letter to New York, her home for the last 15 years,” said video director Towey. “She showed us around all her old haunts – the places that made her the musician that she is today. Some of these spots are still around, some are just empty lots now.
“We took an eye toward the city that was both tender and tough, trying to find the ways that a beautiful city can fall apart while still nurturing the hopes of a young artist.”
Speaking to NME about the sound of the album, Van Etten said: “While writing a lot of this, I was tired of the guitar and felt like I was writing a lot of the same songs. I moved into a practice space with someone who had a couple of keyboards and a synthesiser.
“A lot of the songs were written on a synth or a ‘70s Korg organ while tracking drums to it. It’s a lot darker and there are more beats. It’s not as acoustic driven and the songs are more uptempo. It’ll definitely be a bigger and darker sound, and a lot more electronic-feeling.”
As for lyrical inspiration, she continued: “I’m reflecting on being in an all-round better place and bringing life to Earth during a mix of emotions. Past records have been heartbreak records or break-up records. This is still an album of love songs, but about the state of the world while trying to stay positive for another human being.”
‘Remind Me Tomorrow’ will be released on January 18 via Jagjaguwar.
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