Mr. Small’s Theatre
Doors open at 7 p.m.; concert at 8 p.m.
Released on May 27th on Bloomington, IN-based Jagjaguwar, Are We There showcases Van Etten’s songwriting and vocal prowess, amidst varied instrumentation that includes woodwinds, organ, harp, strings and piano. The self-produced 11-track album, which continues to spotlight the free-flowing emotional honesty, vulnerability and intimacy that lies at the core of Van Etten’s musicality, features carefully crafted songs that explore highly personal narratives, desire, memory, emptiness, healing, and more. Listening to Van Etten’s gentle yet raw compositions almost makes you want to hold your breath, as the singer’s distinctive voice meanders in and around haunting melodies, augmented by tasteful touches of acoustic guitar, electric piano and double-tracked vocals.
The Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter, who hails from New Jersey, counts Vashti Bunyan, Neil Young, the Carpenters and PJ Harvey among her inspirations. Her 2012 break-through album, Tramp, was produced by Aaron Dessner of The National. Known for her signature confessional ballads, her honest and raw sound has been compared to like-minded independent artists such as Cat Power (Chan Marshall) and Edith Frost.
Van Etten, who has worked with veteran music producer Stewart Lerman, has shared the stage with artists such as Neko Case, Bon Iver, Damon & Naomi and Michio Kurihara. Van Etten’s nationwide tour will culminate with appearances in July at the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago and the Forecastle Festival in Louisville.
Opening the show is special guest Jana Hunter of Lower Dens.