sharon van etten released one of our favorite albums of 2014 and she shows no signs of slowing down in 2015. last week van etten premiered a new song, “i don’t want to let you down,” ostensibly culled from the same recording sessions as are we there. the new single prefaces an upcoming 7″ and ep, out later this year via jagjaguwar, both of which will highlight the song. you can stream the gorgeously chilled-out “i don’t want to let you down” below.
the end of our year-end best-of week is finally upon us, and we’ve saved the best for last: ten full-length albums of 2014 that best represent the musical convictions of dimestore saints. in many cases, we’ve beaten these albums to death with accolades, so this list will be strictly visual. as usual, the link embedded in the artist and album title will lead to a stream of said album, while clicking through each photo will lead to a review that accurately conveys our feelings. by and large, the reviews will come from this site, but a couple will be pulled from other sites and writers that we admire. cool? cool.
sharon van etten’s upcoming album are we there is a highly anticipated release over here at dimestore saints. initially bolstered by the excellent “taking chances,” the record provides additional support with “every time the sun comes up,” its final track. van etten’s vocal melody is slightly jarring throughout the verses, perfectly complementing its mournful timbre, but the refrains always offer some form of resolution and security. stream “every time the sun comes up” below, courtesy of jagjaguwar’s soundcloud page.
sharon van etten is set to return with her fourth studio album, are we there, on may 27th via jagjaguwar records. following up an effort as monumental as 2012’s tramp is no easy feat, but van etten seems poised to repeat with “taking chances,” an excellent new single that flexes a budding electronic muscle along with meaty electric guitars and her signature harmonies. take a listen below, via jagjaguwar’s soundcloud page.