[ Ba Da Bing / LP ]
Release Date: Monday 11 October 2010
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Epic is the 2nd album from Brooklyn-based, Jersey-raised singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten, on Ba Da Bing.
Van Etten lays a romantic melancholy lining over the gravel & dirt of heartbreak, without one honest thought or feeling spared. She sings of betrayal, obsession, egotism & all the emotions we hate in others & recognise in ourselves.
Epic was recorded with Brian McTear & sees Van Etten embellish her music to grandiose luminosity, with guitar & vocals supplemented with drums, piano, lap steel & a trio of backing singers.
The final track here, Love More, has already been covered live in a collaborative effort by Bon Iver & The National, while Van Etten will be on the soundtrack for the film The Builder, alongside Bon Iver & Phosphorescent.
While Van Etten's debut album, Because I Was In Love, explored her thoughts on love through minimalism & sparseness, Epic lives up to its title, as a more fully realised project & incredibly affecting, beautiful listen.
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